Many families living in rural areas in Honduras rely on working animals, particularly horses, to help them earn a small income. They are mainly used for agricultural work, such as herding livestock and transporting produce. Knowledge and awareness of animal welfare is low, but our education programme is teaching children – the next generation of working animal owners – how to care for and respect them.
Honduras at a glance
Population: 9.9 million
Area: 112,492 square km
Location: Central America
Estimated number of working animals: 275,943
Number of children receiving humane education in 2021: 365
Our work in Honduras
Our fun and interactive animal welfare education programme is benefiting hundreds of children a year, teaching them about the basic needs of working animals, the important role they play in their community, and why they need to be looked after carefully. In 2021, an agreement was signed with the Ministry of Education to incorporate animal welfare lessons into two curriculum subjects – science and social studies.
Nelson, who is 10 years old, is a member of the SPANA education programme. His classes have involved theoretical and practical teachings on animal welfare, particularly horse care. He enjoys taking part in practical activities with horses, including grooming and riding. Nelson’s teachers have noted a significant change in both his attitude and behaviour towards animals. Before attending the programme, Nelson said he didn’t know much about animal welfare. Now, he treats animals with ‘love and dedication’.