In 2006, our organization met with nearly 100 families from the largest riverbed shantytown in El Progreso.
They lacked access to basic necessities such as adequate housing, clean water, sewage, electricity, jobs, or a school. They lived in houses made of cardboard, rotting tin, and plastic sheets. They were in constant danger of being assaulted or attacked because of their close proximity to a gang stronghold. They were in constant danger of being flooded due to the river the houses were built next to. They had no legal ownership of the land they were squatting on, and were in constant fear of getting kicked out. Many people were illiterate and had received very few years of schooling, preventing them from getting jobs. Unfortunately, this continues to be the reality for millions of Hondurans.
The families were willing to do whatever it took to provide their children with a better life. In 2007, the community members found a beautiful, 13-acre plot of land in northern El Progreso. Our organization purchased the plot, and 44 families decided to move into the new village, which they named Villa Soleada.