The homicide rate in Honduras is among the highest in the world. Decades of corruption have gnawed through government and police forces from top to bottom. And as in any culture, Honduran children are especially susceptible to the risky lifestyles that surround them. ‘Honduran libraries are working to get kids off the street,’ said Dagoberto Licona Cortés, the mayor of San Vicente Centenario. ‘Young children and teens can change their way of thinking when they have access to leadership programs at libraries.’
Cortés is not referring to government-managed public libraries, but rather a network of 64 independent community libraries in remote villages of Honduras and Guatemala.
-Carol A. Erickson