In regions Honduras and Americas and in group Americas


Working Groups

2023-12 Factsheet - Honduras

< Jun 2023
December 2023
The Catholics Relief Services supported affected families by the hurricanes Eta and Iota in Santa Barbara and Cortés Departments, through the construction of transitional shelters and relocation support. Source: Catholic Relief Services


The last quarter of 2023 was characterized by the continuity of actions in response to hurricanes Eta and Iota and storm Julia in the departments of Atlántida, Colon, Copan, Cortes, Gracias a Dios, Santa Bárbara and Yoro. Mainly through housing rehabilitation, 2,264 people were reached, more than 30% of the total number of people assisted in 2023 (7,248). Habitat for Humanity, GOAL and Catholic Relief Services reached 13 municipalities in this period. The rehabilitation of homes included the casting of concrete floors and rehabilitation of walls and ceilings, and 120 people were benefited through the construction of permanent homes.


Need analysis

According to the 2023 HNO report, among the shocks that have driven humanitarian needs in the last year is the active 2022 rainy season, which has affected the same areas that suffered the impact of Storms Eta and Iota in 2020, as well as areas with the presence of gangs and gangs, increasing challenges in the provision of assistance. The floods caused by the rains and the effects of the La Niña phenomenon have led to a nearly 100 percent increase in the number of people affected compared to 2021 and threaten food production in the coming months. In September 2022 alone, floods affected more than 67,700 people, seven times more than the 9,000 affected in the previous four months.

In October 2022, Tropical Storm Julia wreaked havoc on 15 of the country's 18 departments. It is estimated that the floods have affected some 200,000 people in the Sula Valley (north) and 24,000 in the department of Gracias a Dios (20 percent of its population), where the Miskito people live, undermining their resilience and livelihoods.

The main peoples needs referred to having a safe shelter, either through the rehabilitation and repair of homes as well as the construction of transitional and permanent shelters.


7248 people from 7 departments were reached through the shelter assistance form ‘GOAL’, ‘Catholic Relief Services’ and ‘Habitat por la Humanidad’. 
GOAL reached 4,016 people through 24 dwelling rehabilitation activities in 9 villages of 6 municipalities of Yoro (9), Atlántida (8), and Colon (7) departments.
Habitat para la Humanidad reached 1,152 people through repairs of 250 houses affected by Tropical Storm Julia, carried out in 5 municipalities in the department of Copan and 6 municipalities in the department of Santa Barbara. The support of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat for Humanity Honduras and the Municipal Governments made this project possible with a total investment of more than 267,000 USD. The Project includes minor repairs, restorations or replacements of construction materials and components of the home, in order to maintain said materials and components of the home in good condition. The repairs were mainly repairs to ceilings, floors and walls among others. The project also contemplates strengthening the capacities of the families served through training developing the following topics:
•Module I. Capacity Development in Risk Management
•Module II. Recommendations for Safe Housing
•Module III. Preparation of the Evacuation Plan and Family Communication
The 18 new homes built for Misquita families from Ahuas and Puerto Lempiras meant an investment of a little more than 100,000 USD. These homes have an area of 36m2 with the following spaces: Living room-dining room-kitchen, 2 bedrooms and a latrine outside the home.
In Copan Ruins, in a Chortí community, the local government supported and invested more than 35,000 USD to improve the housing conditions of 20 families. The main construction activities of the project were concrete floors, plastering and polishing walls, repairs or replacement of roofs, latrines and eco stoves.
Finally, Catholic Relief Services reported  9 interventions to reach 2,080 people of from 5 municipalities of Santa Barba (3) and Cortes (6) departments. The activities supported affected families through dwelling rehabilitation (5) and the construction of transitional shelter (4). To implement this activities the Catholic Relief Services reported a contribution from the ‘Government of the United States of America” of USD 555,259 and an internal investment of USD 20,250 


Gaps / challenges

Coordination and efforts with local governments can represent a challenge due to the few resources they manage and their procurement processes that require a longer period of time.
The low coverage in terms obtained through the HRP (only 7%), has directly influenced the capacity of the implementing agencies to achieve the proposed goals. In any case, and due to the agencies investments, the assistance gap was a 43%.
The migration situations in Honduras borders demanded partners attention and re-prioritization of available resources, again, linked to the low funding coverage through the 2023 HRP.