Cerro De Plata

Cerro De Plata's Community News

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Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Cerro de Plata (sero de plah-tah) community is located on the fringe of Honduras capital, Tegucigalpa. People here live in what is known as a "shanty town;" an unplanned community that sprang up as families came in search of work.

Sadly, the dream families have of a better life has rarely been realized. Conditions are cramped and the poorest families live in makeshift homes that do not protect them from the elements. Roads are little more than dirt alleys. Some of the 19,000 people who live in the area still lack access to proper sanitation. Cerro de Plata is also susceptible to flooding and landslides. Most men earn their living as day labourers, while women work as maids or tortilla makers. The inadequate education system does not give children what they need to escape poverty.
Child Protection
  • 3,053 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 32 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 534 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 65 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 90 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 18 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 27 schools were renovated to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 34 life skills clubs are giving children and youth a safe space to develop new things and have fun
  • 340 young people are participating in clubs focused on developing practical life skills to prepare them for the future
  • 9 schools received classroom tools and resources to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 3,350 people are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 35 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis
  • 7,086 children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 1,767 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 100 gardens are in place for community members to grow fresh produce, improving children's access to healthy food
  • 500 people harvested nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 26 committees are promoting sanitary behaviours and managing water supply systems to ensure long term access to clean water
  • 27 new latrines are granting families better access to sanitation and helping to protect children from illness
  • 27 new water sources are providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
  • 27,845 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 4,320 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018; Results achieved in partnership with neighboring communities; Results achieved in partnership with other World Vision offices

Explore Cerro De Plata

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Cerro De Plata

Health Care
More than 40% of the residents in Cerro de Plata suffer from respiratory illnesses, and many children are malnourished. The risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections is very high as a result of family disintegration, unemployment, and drug abuse. Further complicating the situation is the fact that there is no public health centre nearby, increasing families' vulnerability to health issues.

Community Leadership
Insufficient local organization, a lack of hope, and a breakdown of values is hurting children and their families. Many people who migrated to Cerro de Plata in search of work and a better life do not have the knowledge and skills to cope in an urban setting. Families find themselves marginalized, trapped in low-paying informal work, and unable to visualize a different life.

Many families disintegrate as they become frustrated in their search for better opportunities, leaving children and youth more vulnerable to the growing influence of gangs, or "maras". There are few public schools, no community centres or recreation programs, and a general lack of awareness about children's rights. Unfortunately, local leaders can only do so much without the training and skills they need to lobby local government and other bodies for support.

Water and Sanitation
In Cerro de Plata, there is no proper sewage or garbage collection due to poorly planned, overcrowded neighbourhoods, and some families have no latrines at all. About 15% of people have no access to safe water, and are therefore forced to buy it.

Economic Development
Family income security is low in Cerro de Plata. 33% of households are headed by single mothers. Unemployment and under-employment are widespread. Half of families earn just minimum wage or lower, and more than half do not have access to credit. Few adults have been schooled beyond Grade 6, and as a result cannot find good jobs. Household debt is high, and economic development is further hindered by the prevalence of criminal gangs who extract “war taxes to ensure people's safety. Many people leave the area to find work and this weakens the local economy.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Cerro De Plata,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.