Children, especially boys, are often at risk in Honduras,
one of the world’s poorest countries. Jovenes en Camino
stands in the gap between hopelessness and hope.
Honduras is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere behind Haiti. Though it depends on international economic assistance, the country does have some natural resources, such as banana, coffee, and sugar production and offshore oil resources. The country is largely mountainous and wooded, and most of the population lives in isolated communities in the interior mountain areas.
In a third-world country like Honduras which is ravaged by poverty, natural disasters, few economic opportunities, lack of basic public services and even a governmental presence, where crime is endemic, survival is the focus of every day.
Located 25 miles southeast of Tegucigalpa, the capital city, El Zamarano is the home of Jovenes en Camino, which opened its first dorm in 2002. Initially home to 32 boys in one residence building, the 8.8 acre campus has grown significantly and now includes three residence buildings, dining hall, library, carpentry shop, farm, offices, guest house, and space for recreation and future growth.
The boys who live at Jovenes are either orphans, have been rescued from extremely abusive situations, or have been forced into the streets by parents who are unable or unwilling to provide for them. While some shelters provide for the immediate physical needs of these children, Jovenes en Camino strives to minister to the complete person by providing the boys’ physical, mental, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs.