Located in the heart of Central America, small sprawling mountains cover the landscape and coastlines on the Pacific and Atlantic oceans offering picturesque views in agriculture-rich Honduras. Its extensive history includes Mayan and other Native American civilizations as well as Spanish conquistadors.
However, foreign interests in the 20th century ravaged the country and left it open to corruption and foreign influence. Since then, its democratic institutions have been plagued by corruption and little public confidence, constantly inter-woven with drug trade. A military coup in 2009 destroyed the slow progress that had been made over the past decades. Its effects have been felt as recently as the still-contested presidential election in 2017, which was met with accusations of fraud and weeks of protests nationwide.
The result has been devastating for the Honduran people. Massive economic inequality often pits the rich against the poor, with 60% of the population living in poverty. Although the country is rich in agriculture, many of its farmers cannot afford the same food they are harvesting. This, in addition to unimproved access to drinking water, electricity, and education, puts the rural population in particular at a huge disadvantage. The outcome: over 30% of children under the age of 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition.