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Proverbs 22:6 school : Jardin Y Escuela Christiana, [Tegucigalpa]

The Proverbs 22:6 School began because of the heart of a young girl who lived in the worst slum of Tegucigalpa. Reyna, the founder of the school, had a dream as a young girl to start a school for the community where she grew up. She worked her way through school and became a teacher, saving her money so she could start the private Christian school. Her ultimate goal is to train up the children to be ambassadors for Christ in the mission field and to have a good education that they cannot get in the public school system of Honduras.

Proverbs 22:6 has approximately 75 students and serves the local community and children from the Nueva Suyapa slum. Orphan Outreach works in collaboration with Proverbs 22:6 to provide sponsorships and after-school tutoring so that children living in extreme poverty and in “at-risk” situations in the slums of Nueva Suyapa can attend and succeed in school.

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  • Birth Rate: 27.59 births/1,000 population
  • Death Rate: 5.32 deaths/1,000 population
  • Infant Mortality Rate total: 25.21 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Population below poverty line: 50.7% (2004)
  • Est. # people living with HIV/AIDS: 63,000; 1.5% adult (15-49) prevalence rate (2005)
  • Unemployment rate: 27.8% (2007)
  • Literacy Rate (age 15 + can read & write): 80% total population (2001)
  • Estimated 180,000 children (0-17) orphaned (2005)
  • Type of Government: Democratic Constitutional Republic
  • Language(s): Spanish; indigenous languages
  • Religion: Roman Catholic (97%), Protestant (3%)
  • Honduras is located in Central America, and is bordered by Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua and has Caribbean and Pacific coasts.
  • Honduran society is rife with economic inequality. Malnutrition, poor housing and infant diseases are widespread.
  • UNICEF estimates that there are more than 180,000 orphans in Honduras.
  • Only 43 percent of children enrolled in public schools complete the primary level. Of all children entering the first grade, only 30 percent go on to secondary school, and only 8 percent continue to the university.
  • Figures cited by the Ministry of Education suggest that Honduras suffers from widespread illiteracy (more than 40 percent of the total population and more than 80 percent in rural areas).
  • Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America, and one of the poorest in Western Hemisphere with 53% of the population living below the poverty line.
  • Honduras was devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998. At least 10,000 people were killed and millions were left destitute. The damage was estimated at $3 billion, setting development back by decades.