Secure Environments for University Studies

A university student shares his thoughts about security in Honduras and his studies to become a social worker.
July 12, 2018 - Honduras

Adán studying between classes.
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Adán,* a University student who grew up at NPH Honduras, shares his thoughts about security in Honduras and his studies to become a social worker.

NPH Honduras provides a safe and secure environment for our children. From our youngest children in Rancho Santa Fe – our residential home for children until they go to high school - to our oldest attending University in the capital city, Tegucigalpa.

Through direct financial and logistical support, NPH ensures that each of our children studying throughout Honduras have a safe place to call home. Adán*, an NPH-raised university student who has attended NPH’s 10-month long Leadership Program in Seattle, is studying social work at the public university in Tegucigalpa.

Tegucigalpa is a dangerous city, but NPH’s support has allowed him to find an apartment in a safer neighborhood.

“There are neighborhoods in the city I would never go to alone and many I would not go to at night. The situation is even worse for women. I’ve heard many stories of women being harassed and threatened when walking in Tegucigalpa without a male accompaniment,” Adán warns.

“Thankfully, most of the NPH university students live in a nicer neighborhood that is close to the university,” Adán explains.

Adán, through his studies in social work, is acutely aware of the issue facing others in Honduras.

“There are issues facing this country right now not just for children, but for the entire population. There is violence and poverty throughout the country. There are rural parts of the country that are in terrible shape,” Adán explains.

Indeed, with an estimated 60.9% of the population living below the poverty line in 2016 and 15.6% of children participating in child labor, Honduras continues to struggle in supporting vulnerable communities. (1)

“I want to help work with the government and non-profits like NPH that help make people’s lives better. I think being a social worker, I can be on the front end of helping change my country, especially if I can work in a rural area,” Adán continues.

Reflecting on the safety he felt at NPH, Adán notes the importance of security in helping him get ahead in school.

“Knowing that we were safe and that the NPH employees were there to help allowed me to focus on normal things. I received a great education at NPH and afterward when they supported me in high school. Being safe allowed me to do well in school.”

NPH Honduras continues to serve as a refuge for our students, supporting them when they need it.

“The Ranch is always there for me when I need it. We can always go back to the ranch if we need help, or if you’re having issues with mental health, their doors are always open,” Adán says.

This support was beneficial during the political turmoil that roiled Honduras after the elections in 2017. Adán was thankful for the security of being a part of NPH Honduras.

“The city was crazy during that time. It was difficult to get transport out of the city, but the ranch had space for all of the students that left. The ranch made sure that everyone was safe and that there was an evacuation plan if things got worse,” Adán remembers.

*Name changed for privacy purposes.

Riley Sexton   
Communications Officer


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