People often ask us why there are so many orphaned and abandoned kids in Honduras, so I'm writing a series of articles to answer that question. I write this from our 8 years of experience in working with students, abandoned kids, the Honduran social services, and many other non-profit organizations in Honduras. While we will keep our kid's histories private, these are the types of stories they could tell. -- Sarah Furrow
Young teenage moms are commonplace in Honduras. Statistics from a major hospital here record that the average first pregnancy is at 15-years-old.
I could probably write all day on our observations of and experiences with teenage moms here, but I’ll try to simplify it into a few main points:
Teenage moms often can’t support a baby, financially or emotionally. Moms sometimes abandon their kids in an effort to "start over" in life when they feel they've run out of options.
In our years in Honduras we've seen this story repeated over and over. So many girls we know have gotten pregnant young and stopped short their dreams of an education and career. Unfortunately, they don't believe that they have any other options in life.
Part of our job here is to encourage girls and help them set goals for their futures. We tell them to wait for marriage until they're older and educated, and tell them that they're worth waiting for. We are teaching young people how to have healthy marriages and good parenting skills. Hopefully we can encourage positive change, for a better future for Honduras and it's young people.