Meeting basic needs is paramount before higher needs can be considered. Providing food to the hungry is the vital first step. The lack of milk and protein causes undersized and malnourished children. In neighborhoods where hunger and malnutrition is common, CRM is now providing more than 800 nutritious meals each week. Still, thousands go hungry everyday.
Over 80% of the people live in extreme poverty. Most families live in one or two room windowless adobe homes with dirt floors. Cooking is done over an open campfire. Potable water sources are an issue, causing most families to use the same water for washing and cleaning. Sanitation continues to be a serious issue due to outdoor toilets contaminating ground water.
There are no safety nets in Honduras. There is no Social Security, Medicaid or Food Stamps to provide the poor and elderly with sufficient healthcare or daily meals. Although the children continue to be the main focus of CRM, programs have been expanded to include and serve the entire community.