Where We Work
Honduras is a beautiful country blessed with bountiful sunshine and rich culture, but it is one of the most economically disadvantaged in the Western Hemisphere. Half of Honduras’ 8 million people live below the poverty line (defined by WHO as family income of under 30 USD per month), putting it on par with Haiti. The country also suffers from political instability, corruption, systemic injustice and violence. Attendant to these issues, the least advantaged in this society experience significant levels of unemployment, lack of access to education or healthcare, malnutrition and infant mortality.
San Francisco de Orica, Francisco Morazán, Honduras, is an agricultural municipality in the mountains to northwest of Tegucigalpa, the nation’s capital. The New Hope Clinic, in San Francisco de Orica, serves 52 disperse villages that fill a 25-mile radius of the town. The people in this area are generally engaged in subsistence farming and, without the presence of New Hope Clinic, would have little or no access to healthcare. In cases of emergency, patients must be transported to the national public hospital, a three-to-four hour drive over unreliable roads. Some of the more distant communities are without electricity or access to education. Some communities are Spanish-speaking while others speak indigenous languages.
Health and Security
While Honduras recently has been featured in the press as an dangerous and violent place, the Orica region has remained relatively peaceful. It is far from the urban areas of Tegucigalpa or San Pedro Sula, where most of the problems have occurred. Also, with regard to health, Orica’s high altitude makes it low risk place for malaria and other tropical diseases.