Honduras

Asociación Deportiva Juego de Pelota “Pok-Ta-Pok”

The foundations of the Pok-Ta-Pok began in 2009 as a response to lack of organised sports activities and facilities in poor areas of Honduras. The organisation was officially established in 2012 and since then, it has provided a number of sports and educational activities for children and youth from low-income families.

Asociación Deportiva Juego de Pelota “Pok-Ta-Pok” began in 2009 as a response to lack of organised sports activities and facilities in poor areas of Honduras. “Pok-Ta-Pok” is a Mayan word meaning ballgame. The name was chosen to attract attention since the name itself includes a part of Honduran national identity. The organisation was officially established in 2012 and since then, it has provided a number of sports and educational activities for children and youth from low-income families.

Organisation Details

Participants

Children and youth from low-income families

Locations

Across Honduras

Homelessness Statistics

12%
Of children in Honduras are working or living on the streets (FCH, 2014)
90%
Of children living on the streets suffer different kinds of abuse (La Prensa, 2013).

Honduras has the world’s highest murder rate. There are about 85 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, largely due to gangs and drug trafficking. In just six months of 2011, there were 779 youths under 23 years of age killed on the streets. Furthermore, there are increasing rates of femicide and domestic violence, which pushes many women on the streets (Casa AlianzaWorld Vision).