El Hogar

The Mission of El Hogar

The mission of El Hogar is to transform and empower abandoned and hopelessly poor children in Honduras by providing a loving home and education. The goal is for them to fulfill their ultimate potential as productive, caring and independent Honduran citizens.

Social and Economic Background

Honduras is the poorest country in the Americas. With a literacy rate of 25 percent, an unemployment rate hovering at 30 percent, and more than half the population living below the poverty line, it is difficult for Hondurans to even imagine a better life, much less create one. Only 60 percent of children complete grade 6 and then only 35 percent complete grade 9 which is basic secondary school.

Some children are truly abandoned and others cannot be provided for by their impoverished families. Many children literally live “on the streets.” In the face of desperate poverty, children who should be in school are on the streets. Their families can no longer feed, clothe, or educate them. Many are orphans. Their homes, little more than cardboard and tin, offer no space, no running water, and little hope of a future. Begging and stealing become the means to survive. This is childhood for many in Honduras. This is the face of poverty.

El Hogar Provides Hope for a Better Life

El Hogar was founded to break this cycle of poverty and offer hope to children who are the future of Honduras. The children of El Hogar have an opportunity to transform their lives. El Hogar provides a loving home, food, clothing, and a quality education to 250 girls and boys in four sites in Honduras. Children are referred to the School by social agencies, the courts, and churches. El Hogar strives to serve the most destitute children from across Honduras. With the support of a loving and protective community, they are filled with joy, purpose and a sense of belonging rather than fear, violence and rejection. The program provides children with a healthy environment and a quality education to assist them in achieving their goals for a better life.