Cerro De Plata

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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Cerro De Plata's Community News

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.
  • 1,724 children and youth learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation 
  • 139 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families 
  • 942 adults learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation 
  • 2,666 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation 
  • 734 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions 
  • 50 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions 
  • 98 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children 
  • 401 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication 
  • 356 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children 
  • 6,784 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies 
  • 26 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis 
  • 734 adults and youth learned about sexual and reproductive health, including how to protect themselves against HIV and other STIs 
  • 45 young people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income 
  • 26,138 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources 
  • 29 new or renovated water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases 
  • 8,240 people including children are benefitting from latrines and have better access to sanitation 

*This data reflects achievements in Cerro de Plata and nearby communities, funded in partnership with World Vision Taiwan, Germany, and United States.

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.

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.