Perla Del Ulua

Perla Del Ulua'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: 

Perla del Ulua is a densely populated urban community on the outskirts of Honduras third-largest city. It's a marginalized community that was formed when migrating families squatted on available land, creating neighbourhoods along dry riverbeds that flood during the rainy season.

Many in the community work in "maquilas", or sweat shops. The situation is particularly difficult for children from women-headed households, whose mothers work long hours in the sweat shops. There is no formal childcare and few safe places for mothers to leave their children, so many have no choice but to leave their children at home alone while they work. This leaves children highly vulnerable to drugs and to maras, or gangs, that occupy most of the territory in the community area.
Child Protection and Participation
  • 3 national media outlets are regularly broadcasting messages that spread awareness about child protection, speaking out against violence toward children
  • 9 local networks are actively advocating to uphold children’s rights, and working to keep children safe from abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • 13 communities are capable of responding appropriately to cases of child abuse and exploitation, working with local justice procedures to uphold children’s rights
  • 13 organizations that work with children and teens are running programs that teach young people positive coping mechanisms and life skills , that will equip them to make wise choices for the future
  • 15 local children protection systems have demonstrated improvements in their policies, structures or implementations, showing an increased level of security for children in the community
  • 29 community projects are being planned and managed by local government and community groups, with a special focus on improving life for children
  • 53 maps showing where particularly vulnerable children live have been updated in the last 12 months, equipping community workers to check on their wellbeing
  • 58 reflection spaces have been created by community committees and child protection groups, establishing areas for people to reflect on the vulnerability experienced by boys and girls in the community
  • 80 processes have been developed in the community as part of their annual planning, outlining how the community will move forward to achieve their goals
  • 81 communities have made plans for development that are specifically focused on children’s wellbeing, creating an environment where young people are nurtured and supported
  • 84 local partners and organizations have the skills and capacity , to make a positive, sustainable contribution to the wellbeing of children
  • 98 young people are actively participating in service projects in the community, encouraging volunteerism and a spirit of giving back
  • 145 local partners have been educated on the importance of including particularly vulnerable children in their plans, ensuring at-risk children are not excluded from development activities
  • 193 parents learned positive parenting skills, including how to discipline kids without using violence, helping to protect girls and boys from abuse
  • 221 community members participated in meetings , to learn the results of child wellbeing monitoring in the community
  • 254 community leaders were trained to monitor children’s wellbeing using specific indicators, equipping the community to take ownership over their children’s health, development and safety
  • 396 children and teens have reported an increased level of resilience and knowledge of life skills , that will help them cope and succeed in the future
  • 396 children and teens are actively participating in youth networks supported by World Vision in the community, giving them opportunities to learn about their rights and speak up for change
  • 727 parents in our programme now better understand the harmful impacts of physical discipline, helping to protect boys and girls from abuse

  • 4 primary and secondary school teachers have strengthened their English language teaching skills, helping their students to learn more effectively
  • 6 schools are incorporating reading comprehension and critical thinking into their teaching approaches, encouraging children to understand and internalize the concepts they’re learning
  • 10 schools are teaching information and communication technology, giving students valuable skills and experience that will provide them with more opportunities in the future
  • 10 school governments are receiving support from World Vision, empowering students to speak up for their rights and make changes that benefit children
  • 12 World Vision staff members have taken workshops that teach gentle and caring approaches to children, helping them to create an atmosphere where children are valued
  • 24 trainers completed our preschool course, so they can train teachers how to better prepare young kids for school
  • 78 children and teens believe that their school is a safe place, showing the level of security felt by young people in the community
  • 202 young people have learning opportunities that cultivate entrepreneurship and life skills, equipping them to be self-sufficient in the future
  • 420 kids aged 3–6 go to preschool, helping to lay the foundation for them to succeed at school

Faith and Development
  • 9 local faith groups are working on child protection initiatives , to create a more secure environment for children in the community
  • 20 churches and faith-based organizations, in partnership with World Vision, have taken concrete measures to reduce violence in the community , and make it a safer place for children

  • 2 local groups are raising awareness about nutrition, helping more families learn about the foods kids need to grow healthy and strong
  • 525 parents are monitoring their children’s nutrition, ensuring they are eating the right foods to grow healthy and strong
  • 2,157 school-aged children were trained in nutrition and nutrition-related topics, encouraging them to eat a balanced diet with proper nutrients

  • 4 communities have a plan in place for risk management, making them more resilient in the face of unexpected disaster
  • 17 water committees that have been established are taking steps to manage their local water sources, thanks to training in water supply maintenance
  • 86 people we trained learned how to prevent and cope with future disasters, helping kids to stay safe and families to recover more quickly if they happen
  • 658 adults and kids went to our training on what to do and how to protect themselves when a disaster strikes, helping to keep them safe
  • 1,332 families received farming supplies this year, equipping them to boost their harvests and increase their earnings

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 14 committees learned how to manage, maintain, and repair their local water source, helping kids and their families to have clean, disease-free water for the long term
  • 92 families who went to our training on how to treat water so that it's safe to drink are now using water filters or purification tablets to do so, helping to protect them from getting sick
  • 155 girls and boys now have safe water at their schools, so fewer kids to get sick from drinking dirty water
  • 160 families went to our hygiene training and now have a handwashing station with soap at home, helping to keep kids safer from disease
  • 340 students who went to our hygiene training have put what they learned into practise, helping to keep them safer from disease
  • 513 more people now have clean water within 30 minutes of their home, helping to free community members, especially women and girls, from a life spent gathering water
  • 751 people learned about good hygiene, including how to wash their hands and keep clean, helping to protect themselves and their families safer from disease
  • 775 more people now have a toilet at home, helping families to stop the spread of disease

Community Governance & Ownership
  • 4 partners involved in a child protection campaign are aligned on the campaign goals, ensuring better progress in the work to end violence against children
  • 5 stakeholders and communities were involved in community disaster preparedness efforts, developing plans, policies and strategies that equip them to respond effectively during emergencies

Results of World Vision Canada's partnership of projects in Lluvia de Peces, Nueva Frontera and Perla del Ulua, from October 2019 to September 2020
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Motivate children to stay in school by making them aware of the value of education.
  • Provide students with additional training to give them the skills they need to succeed and avoid falling into the drug and gang culture.
  • Establish child-to-child tutoring to help struggling students succeed by providing training to teachers and students who are performing well.
  • Provide “skills for life training for teens and youth to help them learn critical thinking and self-care skills, including how to prevent early pregnancies and abuse, and how to make healthy lifestyle choices to prevent HIV and AIDS.
Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Provide improved shelter and build latrines to help reduce poor health due to living conditions.
  • Develop early warning systems to reduce the community's vulnerability to flooding.
  • Distribute information and provide training to parents, children, and volunteers on hygiene, nutrition, prenatal care, and proper handling of water, in partnership with the local government and health volunteers.
  • Train “guide mothers and empower them to act as role models to the community.
  • Establish “common pot groups, where guide mothers will pass their learning on to mothers of children at risk of malnutrition.
  • Provide sexual health education to reduce the risk and spread of HIV and AIDS, focusing on young people, single mothers and women who work in the “maquilas, or sweat shops.
Economic Development
To ensure parents in Perla del Ulua can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Train entrepreneurs in business management.
  • Support innovation and improved processes to help increase profit from small business ventures.
  • Develop community banks to further assist families to grow alternative income sources.
  • Teach families about savings and credit, how to pool their resources, and how to secure small loans to start new income-generating ventures.
  • Offer access to micro enterprise loans.

Explore Perla Del Ulua

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 Perla Del Ulua

The quality of education in the Perla del Ulua area, along with the level of public elementary school enrolment, is low. Parents who work long hours in sweat shops have little time to be involved in the progress of their children's education. There aren't enough teachers, and those who are available often lack training. School facilities are also poor. As a result, parents and children do not see value in attending school. Unmotivated by education, children seek self-affirmation in the gangs that flourish in this urban community.

Health Care
Living conditions in the Perla del Ulua community contribute to the poor health of children and adults. Most houses in this rainy area have dirt floors, walls that are not plastered, and poor roofing. As a result, families live in damp environments and experience a high rate of acute respiratory infections, along with ongoing colds. Many family homes are built alongside riverbeds and are susceptible to flooding, as there is no drainage infrastructure.

Poor sanitation and lack of knowledge of safe hygiene and water management practices result in a high prevalence of diarrhea. As a result of poor nutrition, 13% of children under the age of five are small for their age, increasing their vulnerability to illness. The incidence of HIV and AIDS in the community is higher than elsewhere in Honduras as it is a major transport route, with a high volume of people moving through the area.

Economic Development
Most of the people in the Perla del Ulua community work in the “maquilas, or sweat shops, for long hours at low wages, and most families do not make enough to adequately provide for their children. Families headed by single mothers are particularly vulnerable. A high number of single mothers don't have a permanent or secure source of income, and can't properly provide for their children. Employment opportunities in the area are limited, and people lack the training and skills necessary to increase their income or secure other jobs.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Perla Del Ulua,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.