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The Gideon Project
Nueva Suyapa (34,000 residents), Flor de Campo (15,000 residents), and Villa Nueva (70,000 residents), are among Tegucigalpa’s largest and poorest neighborhoods. Over 70% of the people living in these mazes of steep, rutted dirt roads, in small tin-roofed shacks on battered hillsides, live on less than $2 a day, and over 50% on less than $1 a day. The stresses of severe poverty are compounded by broken families, domestic violence, high levels of street crime, and inadequate public services—causing psychological, emotional, and physical trauma. Children and youths are especially affected by problems like sexual abuse, overcrowded and underequipped schools, and lack of opportunities for work and study.
The Gideon Project has empowered staff and volunteers who live in the target communities to help build a brighter future for the urban poor in a variety of ways:
Since the Gideon Centers first opened their doors in July 2004, the project has...
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