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Osman Hope is an ecumenical Christian-based non-profit organization that serves children through partnerships with churches, local governments, private agencies, and individuals. Designed to help economically disadvantaged children throughout Honduras and Central America, our shelters are currently located in San Pedro Sula, Villanueva and Santa Cruz de Yojoa, Cortes, Honduras.
Honduras faces many challenges, especially considering that 4.7 million of 7 million total inhabitants live in poverty, and that almost half of the population survives on less than $1 US daily. Social problems facing children include drug, alcohol, and glue addiction, forced child labor, prostitution, and trafficking for sexual exploitation and labor. Children’s rights organizations and the Honduran government have estimated that 20,000 children live in the streets daily. It is not uncommon for children to leave school and begin work at a young age to help support their families. Child labor laws exist but are loosely enforced, and most children who work do so to support their families in the agriculture, commerce, or maquiladora sectors. Compulsory education ends at the age of 13, and a 2004 survey showed that the women and men average only 5.6 years and 5.3 years of formal education, respectively.
These realities are why Osman Hope exists. Once sponsored, a child will be welcome to attend one of our shelters during the week where they will receive care such as healthy meals, hygiene, rest, recreation, tutoring, and spiritual education respectful to their culture. Still run by a volunteer administration, Osman Hope now employs 9 persons in two shelters and has maintained lasting collaborations with individuals, non-profit agencies, families, churches, and government entities in the United States and Honduras.