AMERICA/HONDURAS - Children forced to leave school to work and help their families

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 child labor  


San Pedro Sula (Agenzia Fides) - The lack of resources in families living in San Pedro Sula, in Honduras, is forcing children living in suburb areas of the city to leave school to look for work. A study carried out by the Comisión de Acción Social Menonita (Casm) in four villages in San Pedro Sula, showed that 10% of children between 5 and 18 years of age do not study or drop out of school in the middle of the school year. The main cause is lack of money in homes. 1,852 children live in the four villages where Casm is committed, 175 of these have left school and work. At the beginning of the year one thousand students were enrolled in the Dionisio de Herrera school, in Río de Piedras village, but at least 100 have dropped out to help their families financially. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 25/10/2016)