San Marcos 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.


18 savings and loan groups were strengthened through training in accounting, credit management, and other business-related topics. Combined with access to basic financial services, the training helped empower entrepreneurs to increase their incomes and create jobs in their communities. 360 families were able to provide more nutritious food for their children through agricultural activities such as growing vegetables, raising livestock, and keeping bees. We helped them get started with classes in soil preparation, composting, irrigation, and commercial production. 70 farmers expanded their farms or improved the soil to increase crop production and quality, thanks to technical assistance and materials provided by World Vision and partner organizations. 59 farmers were equipped with fruit tree seeds, drip irrigation systems, and supplies to help them grow a greater variety of nutritious food for their children and earn income by selling produce. Through our community nutrition programs, 212 families learned what children need to grow and thrive and how to combat malnutrition with locally available foods. Nearly 2,700 families gained access to clean water from water projects completed in three communities. 176 families participated in personal and environmental hygiene training with a focus on improving children's living conditions. Through our community-led sanitation program, two communities launched sanitation campaigns and community members began construction of more than 300 latrines. Children who were struggling academically improved their reading and math skills through our peer tutoring program, with the help of 130 student tutors. Together with local partners, we helped make schools safer and improved the learning environment by training teachers in risk management and equipping classrooms with educational materials and furniture. We worked with community-based organizations and other local partners to carry out eight community-led projects designed to improve children's well-being. Projects included supporting churches and providing clean water for schools and health centers. 663 children were involved in school governments or activities such as anti-bullying campaigns, through which they had opportunities to participate in community decisions and speak up on issues that affect their lives.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Advocacy|


  • Honduras>Ocotepeque>San Marcos


  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Health
  • Protection

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