Children Work

La Prensa, a Honduran newspaper, reports on the high drop out rate from school.   According to the recent report, of the teenagers who graduate from primary school 45 percent do not finish the first year of secondary school due to the difficult economic situation of the country which forces young people to seek jobs.

One of the big differences I see in Honduras as compared to the States, in Honduras children working is the norm. For example, on my last trip I needed to have the brakes replaced on my car. So  I go to one of the largest mechanic shops in town. When the work begins on my car, the mechanic seems very young. After awhile I ask his name and age. Juan replies saying he is  14.  At 14, he has two years of experience and did a very good job.