Back To School

Thousands of the poorest children cannot go to school because they can’t buy the
uniforms or notebooks required to attend school. We work through pastors who choose children who would not go to school without this help.

Our goal is to bless as many children as possible with the ability to go to school.
Every year Streetreach International collects donations and pays the money necessary
for the books and uniforms of children whose families cannot afford to pay. Unless they
arrive at school in uniform and with the their notebooks and supplies they are turned
away.

Others have described the depth of the problem in the following ways:
“Given that 61% of the Honduran population is below the age of 25, the need for
access to quality education leading to productive employment is critical for the country’s
development. At present, 86% of Hondurans complete sixth grade, but fewer than 45%
complete the ninth grade and fewer than 25% complete high school. Only six percent
continue to complete a university education. Despite an increasing elementary school
completion rate, Honduras has the lowest secondary school enrollment rate in Latin
America…Many families are unable to afford the costs of post-elementary education,
with about 42% of the heads of families subsisting on $2.00 per day.”

(The United States Agency for International Development)

“The Honduran constitution states that a free primary education is obligatory for every
child between the ages of seven and fourteen. The reality of the Honduran educational
system is much more grim. Because of a lack of schools, understaffed schools, the high
cost of materials needed for these schools, and the poor quality of public education, a
good education is still largely the privilege of the few who can afford to send their
children to private institutions….Figures cited by the Ministry of Education suggest that
Honduras suffers from widespread illiteracy (more than 40 percent of the total
population and more than 80 percent in rural areas). A significant percentage of children
do not receive formal education.”

http://countrystudies.us/honduras/58.htm