2017 HONDURAS MISSION TRIP
Investing in the well-being of young adults.
Roatán is one of Honduras’s Caribbean Bay Islands. Part of the massive Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, it’s known for its beaches, dive sites and marine life, including whale sharks. In the southwest is busy West Bay Beach, with a coral reef near the shore. Cruise ships dock in the capital of Coxen Hole and nearby Mahogany Bay. To the east are smaller settlements, including the Garifuna village of Punta Gorda. Roatán is one of the most popular places in Honduras for those looking for that perfect tropical vacation. The Bay Islands are a little-known area of the Caribbean, but an ideal location for recreational scuba diving.
One of the poorest, most vulnerable countries in the world 62.8% of Hondurans lives in poverty. They call the rural areas, "The Last Mile." In Honduras, 6 out of 10 of households are subject to the extreme poverty of incomes of less than $2.50 per day. And, according to the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index the country scores high on vulnerability and low on readiness to adapt to climate change. Un- and under U employment rates throughout Honduras are high at about 36%, and all the roads are muddy and rock-strewn in the villages. Homes are one-room adobe structures with animals living nearby. Few children have shoes. Many families do not have toilets and only use the out of doors. There is insufficient access to any medical care so that if a family member falls ill with a respiratory problem, there are few resources to solve the problem. Most families do not have access to clean water and get water from a cistern or water well. If there is no rain, families haul water from the nearest, usually polluted, stream.