Senor San Jose Orphanage is located in a small community, called La Paz, which is about an hour and a half drive outside of Tegucigalpa. The home is run by a former nun, Edith, who left the church to concentrate on "hands on" work helping the poor. In 2006, a drug addict mom gave away her two kids to Edith. In 2007, she started praying for space and the local mayor’s office donated the building they were originally in. The building had been abandoned for 20 years. In 2014, they moved into a new building that provides a safe and spacious environment for the children and staff.Edith currently cares for approximately 20 kids. A majority of kids come from abuse, drug and alcohol situations. She has recently hired two staff members in 2015 to help with the administrative functions of the home and is still in need of additional staff to help with caring for children and housekeeping. The kids attend a public school in the morning. There are private schools in the area but they are expensive.Orphan Outreach is partnering with San Jose and hopes to be able to support the home with consistent funding through child sponsorships, which will help with basic needs and allow for more staffing, renovations, training and expertise. Mission teams can help with organizing storage rooms, helping the staff with daily tasks, such as cooking and cleaning the home, construction projects and home repairs, and providing Bible curriculum program.
Population: 7,483,763 (2007)
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.
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