I've been living in Honduras for 7 weeks now and am still finding things that shock and surprise me about the local culture here in Marcala. The most shocking realisation was just how unbelievably poor some of the people we work with are. In rural Honduras 65.4% of the population live below the line of poverty. Meaning that the majority of people here live on less than $1 a day. There has been a lot of press recently about living below the line, Progressio has launched a campaign to try and raise awareness by challenging people to live on less than a £1 a day on food and drink. This is a great way to show just how difficult it is but doesn't take into account the other problems faced everyday by the people in these communities.
Today we were invited to another farm, so remote in the mountains we had to trek for 30 minutes to get to it. The location was picture perfect, the view over the misty blue mountains was incredible; this would be a dream getaway by anyone's standards. Yet the house was unimaginably basic, the kitchen was bare, the fire-fueled stove was outside, the 'washing machine' is just a tank of water and a scrubbing board and the chickens appeared to eat better than the children.
|Crops affected by disease and lack of water.|