Snapshots from Talanga, Honduras
The Reality Children in Honduras Face
Talanga, Honduras is a town of about 40,000 people about an hour from Tegucigalpa (the capital). The children that attend the Comedor are born into poverty and are vulnerable to violence, exploitation, hunger, and disease. Many families live in violent, gang-filled neighborhoods and cannot afford to feed their children or send them to school. Many children spend their days wandering the dirt roads, either selling tortillas, searching through the trash for recyclables to sell, shining shoes, or any odd job to earn enough to help keep their family alive. Some children are “lucky” enough to find employment working domestically in a home but are often grossly underpaid and exploited.
Without an education and faced with scarce employment opportunities, poor children are susceptible to joining gangs or become entangled in drugs and drug trafficking. Many street children are addicted to sniffing a liquid adhesive glue. Children start sniffing glue initially just to numb the pangs of hunger and to numb themselves from the fear that is part of their daily lives, but quickly become very addicted. This glue is said to be stronger than cocaine and can cause permanent damage to their brain, lungs, and kidneys. Over the past few years, the growing poverty, drug wars, and increasing gang violence have made Honduras the most dangerous country,outside of an active war zone, in the world.
This is the reality the children who attend the Comedor face. More than ever, the work of the Comedor Infantil Talanga is vital in ensuring that Honduras has a future generation that can strive to change this reality.
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