What do you get when you cross...

  • 11 communities across Honduras
  • 10 Peace Clubs
  • 700 children
  • 1 leading university psychology department
  • lots of pizza and a whole lot of paint, paper and music?

Heart changing impact and with some big colourful paintings!

Pick up your brush and let's join a class before we dive into the finer details of how your gift is colouring the worlds of 700 Honduran children.

Press play & let's paint it out :)

Violence, gang wars, trafficking and extreme inequality — this is not a child-friendly picture! Yet, millions of children around the world see and live in this picture every day.

In Honduras, the Childhood Rescue team are passionate, not only about improving the lives of children physically but also psychologically.

This year the team wanted to scale up. To help children and communities, psychologically, they knew they needed a partner. A partner experienced in child trauma and well-being, someone at the forefront of child psychology and research.

It just so happened that the National Autonomous University of Honduras in Valle de Sula was kind of, just down the road. Thankfully, they answered when we called :)

NAU has one of the leading psychology departments in Honduras and together the team have developed a programme that is seeing promising results. Working with us enables the psychologists access to communities they normally could not venture to, helping children gain valuable tools for life.

And so... the new art therapy programme has begun and we are sooooo happy about it!

Children sit on floor doing large painting, young girl looks up to camera and smiles

Art, music and play are an amazing way for children to express emotions and feelings they don't understand nor have language to express. Children learn a framework for processing trauma and gain tools to help them outside of our programmes. Importantly, the activities and afternoons help staff identify children who need more personal attention and psychological support.

Susana Garcia Ventura

Quick Mental Health Tips for Children

One of our leading child psychologists Francis, has some quick tips and they're not just for Honduran children :)

  1. Communication — sharing quality time with your children. It doesn’t have to be a whole day, but take a few minutes to communicate with them in their way.

  2. Play — Children communicate through play and activity. Remember you also were a child once :)

  3. Do not visualize them as adults — Remember that they are kids and they have to enjoy their age. Their childhood.

  4. Love has to be present at home — Love is of the most importance. Unity and agreement are key for them.

A group of children sit on chairs in a big circle with a psychologist in the centre teaching them resilience games

Art therapy isn't just about painting. The classes incorporate age-appropriate games and activities focussed on building resilience and also coping mechanisms in children and young people. The aim is to help children understand how to take the lessons they've learnt and use them in their everyday world.

A big group of smiling children and young people stand together at the end of a painting class

Just one of the 10 art therapy groups that are in the ongoing programme. This class is for younger children, but the programme is built to offer practical fun and learning to a range of children and young people.

Susana Garcia Ventura

Your gift travels to really hard to reach places, it helps our teams across the world do incredible things that makes lasting impact in the lives of thousands of children.

Our Honduras team are amazing, never settling and always pushing to better children's lives!

They're forward thinking and innovative and always open partnering with institutions and organisations that will maximise the impact of your gift. Ensuring the children get every possible opportunity to survive, recover and build a future.

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Honduras has a long history of political upheaval and organised crime. San Pedro Sula, the second largest city of Honduras, has the most murders per capita of any cities in the world. It is highly dangerous making it a perfect location for one of our three feature pilot programs. In our San Pedro Sula project we are creating safe spaces for children and teenagers. Our programs provide opportunities for learning, both educational and vocational training. We also ensure children participate in classes that ensure they know their worth and rights.

  • Gang violence, drug wars, and child labor are commonplace in many neighbourhoods

  • Honduras is the poorest country in Latin America

  • Millions of Hondurans have fled the country in the past few years; in fact, the so-called Central American 'migrant caravan' is widely considered to begin in San Pedro Sula. Many of those fleeing are women and children who fear rape, kidnapping and murder, and therefore they rather embark on a long and perilous journey.


of the population lives in extreme poverty