(MissionNewswire) The Don Bosco Vocational Training Center in Tegucigalpa, Honduras has been implementing a “Preventing Drug Consumption by Youngsters in Honduras” project to provide life skills training to 500 youth between the ages of 15 and 30 over a two-year period. The goal is to reduce the involvement of youth who are at high social risk of drug abuse and related criminal activities in the criminal justice system. Salesian Missions, the U.S.
Honduras remains one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Approximately 60 percent of the country’s population lives in poverty and 23 percent of children suffer from stunting as a result of chronic malnutrition.
SOS Children’s Villages Honduras is caring for unaccompanied children who have been sent back to their homeland
Unaccompanied children who attempted to join a migrant caravan to the Mexico-US border are being cared for by SOS Children’s Villages Honduras as they return to their homeland.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) regional advocacy manager Samuel Almeida is part of the team responding to the humanitarian crisis unfolding across the Northern Triangle of Central America and Mexico. Currently based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Almeida explains what’s driving the spike in forced displacement and migration across the region and what more can be done to help people at risk.
What is MSF doing in Honduras?
This report, led by the Norwegian Refugee Council and supported by UNHCR, stems from an initiative of the REDLAC Regional Protection Group and aims to improve the analysis and visibility of the ongoing protection crisis in the North of Central America. The analysis is based on a series of qualitative and quantitative indicators on violence and displacement, using as primary sources inputs from operational organisations based in the region and official statistics, as well as reports from a wide range of press, academia and civil society.
A large number of the mainly Honduran families travelling through Mexico for the US are fleeing violence and limited access to schooling.
A convoy of thousands of migrants is still snaking its way slowly through southern Mexico - grabbing global attention along the way.
Determined to reach the United States, their numbers include hundreds of children. Many of their families are driven by a desire to give their kids a better education and a brighter future.
Christian Aid is appalled by the humanitarian crisis that is unfolding across Central America. Over 7,000 people from the region are heading towards the border with the US and according to IOM 35% of those migrating are children.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.
Stephanie Puccetti, a humanitarian aﬀairs advisor for MSF-USA, talks about the challenges facing migrants and asylum seekers in Honduras and Mexico, and along the US border.
An estimated 4000 – 7000 refugees and migrants have been fleeing on foot from Honduras, through Guatemala and Mexico, and toward the US, in the hope of seeking safety from violence and economic downturn in their home countries. Attempts to reach the US continue despite warnings from US President Donald Trump.
Central America: humanitarian response to people on the move
A caravan of an estimated 7,000 migrants, including many families and women with children, originated in Central America and is making its way through Mexico towards the United States. Today, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he will start cutting, or substantially reducing, aid to Central America. According to research and advocacy group the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), this would be a counterproductive reaction that would undermine efforts to address the root causes of migration, namely, violence, corruption, poverty, and lack of economic opportunity.
Panama/Geneva, October 20, 2018— Red Cross societies are providing medical care and support to thousands of people moving north through Central America.
Red Cross volunteers report that many of the people they are supporting, a majority of whom are women and children, are suffering from dehydration, stomach infections, and foot injuries as they walk the long journey.
Walter Cotte, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Regional Director for the Americas said:
This bulletin is being issued for information only; it reflects the current situation and details available at this time.
A low pressure system over the last two weeks has left 21 fatalities, more than 160 000 people affected, and 16 000 displaced in Central America. Rain continues to fall as a new system is beginning to form. More rain is expected in Honduras over the next 24 hours. The Permanent Contingency Commission of Honduras (COPECO) maintains a yellow alert for Copán, Ocotepeque, Lempira, Intibucá, La Paz, Comayagua, Francisco Morazán, El Paraíso Valle and Choluteca. Authorities continue to provide assistance to 7,728 people affected. In El Salvador, Sonsonate is one of the departments most affected.
16.619 MT of food assistance distributed
USD 334,499 cash based transfers made
USD 115.66 m total requirements
27,799 people assisted in September 2018
• WFP is supporting the Government’s humanitarian assistance through the distribution of vouchers to severely drought-affected households of the Honduran Dry Corridor. In the following months, the 65,500 most affected households will be assisted in 74 municipalities.
This report is produced by OCHA ROLAC office in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by 12/102018. It covers the period from 05 – 12 October 2018. The next Flash Note will be issued if required.
Heavy rains that started on 4 October in Honduras have caused flooding and landslides across the country. Most damage has been reported in Francisco Morazán, Valle, and Choluteca departments, where a red alert was issued by the government. 12,076 people have been affected by the floods. 963 homes were damaged, including 169 flooded, and nine completely destroyed. Among them, 7,234 people have been evacuated, and 6,789 moved to 78 temporary shelters.
Anticipated scope and scale