One of the greatest challenges for working with children is access to justice in the country. In Honduras, more than four million boys and girls make up the country’s population, of which the majority are in a condition of chronic or extreme poverty (70%).
For example, in 2013, out of 1950 young people admitted to the special justice system, 1,316 were with non-custodial measures, 5 in semi-freedom, and 629 in deprivation of liberty. About 44% of children between the ages of 3 and 17 were out of the school system in 2014.
Honduras is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world in terms of per capita murder rate, according to the Observatory on Violence, during the period from 2012 to 2015, in Honduras, 3,667 minors died violently. Homicide was the main cause of external death, adding 1859 cases, which represents 50.7% of the total reported.
Around the Corruption issue the latest Transparency International report ranks Honduras as the most corrupt country in Central America and among the 25% of the most corrupt countries in the world. In the Index Corruption Perception (IPC) 2014 report, Honduras receives only 29 points on a scale of 0 (very corrupt) to 100 (low corruption). It is estimated that Honduras each year loses between 4 and 8 billion lempiras due to corruption, which is tragic for a country where many children are already affected by poverty or they flee the country due to threats and violence.
Prevention of abuse and violence
Red Viva Honduras (RVH) has accumulated experience in the area of combating violence through the Campaign for Good Treatment, Viva Deportiva (Sports) and Youth for Peace. RVH has developed practical experience working with victims of violence and communities with high levels of violence.
Reduce the high rates of violence within the youth population in Honduras.