San Juan Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


Community members established 14 savings groups, which offer interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable business loans. In addition, eight percent of families benefited from small business loans through our local microfinance subsidiary. 30 young people were equipped with skills to earn a living through entrepreneurship classes, where they learned how to run businesses such as bakeries, copy centers, and grain storage facilities. The entrepreneurship program also included training in spiritual and moral values to strengthen their decision-making skills. 163 mothers attended nutrition and food safety classes, contributing to a reduction in malnutrition and related diseases. 1,238 children participated in Comprehensive Community Care for Children, a volunteer-led, community-based program focused on monitoring children's growth and preventing malnutrition in children younger than 2. The number of children younger than 5 with access to basic healthcare services has doubled since baseline assessments were taken, in large part due to our partnership with the local health services network. 18 health volunteers were accredited by the local Ministry of Health as a result of community health initiatives promoted by World Vision and partner organizations. 315 homes were renovated and three new homes were built for families who were living in crowded, unhealthy conditions. 40 percent of families have been trained in water management, sanitation, and hygiene for better health, impacting hundreds of children. To reduce the prevalence of disease, nine community sanitation committees continued working with families to ensure that they adopt healthy hygiene and sanitation practices for the long term. We provided families with training and materials to build 409 latrines, including 80 latrines in a community that experienced a hepatitis outbreak. 373 children received educational materials to support their enrollment in preschool. 274 students improved their math and reading skills through our peer tutoring program, with help from 175 peer tutors. Staff from 48 schools attended training to help them manage and implement school improvement projects. In addition, we supplied teachers with materials to improve teaching methods and school infrastructure. 31 community leaders graduated from our leadership course, which aims to strengthen community-based organizations so they can make their communities better places for children to grow and thrive.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Environment|Disability|Advocacy|


  • Honduras>Intibuca>San Juan


  • Education
  • Health

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