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National partner profile: Honduras

Asociación Deportiva Juego de Pelota “Pok-Ta-Pok”

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The foundations of the Pok-Ta-Pok began in 2009 as a response to lack of organised sports activities and facilities in poor areas of Honduras. The organisation was officially established in 2012 and since then, it has provided a number of sports and educational activities for children and youth from low-income families.

Asociación Deportiva Juego de Pelota “Pok-Ta-Pok” began in 2009 as a response to lack of organised sports activities and facilities in poor areas of Honduras. “Pok-Ta-Pok” is a Mayan word meaning ballgame. The name was chosen to attract attention since the name itself includes a part of Honduran national identity. The organisation was officially established in 2012 and since then, it has provided a number of sports and educational activities for children and youth from low-income families.

Although their training sessions aim at developing talent and achieving professionalism, they incorporate a values-based approach. Children are taught values such as respect, trust, support, equality, and fair-play. They are encouraged to apply the values learnt on the pitch in their homes and local environments. Their behaviour is monitored by professional coaches who ensure that children develop discipline, tolerance, self-esteem, and motivation, and become not only good athletes, but also young citizens contributing positively to social development in Honduras.

Mission statement

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The mission of Asociación Deportiva Juego de Pelota “Pok-Ta-Pok” is to transform lives for the better through sports. They see sport as a key to providing entertainment, discipline, and values-based education from an early age. Pok-Ta-Pok helps the Honduran society realise that sport can help them overcome social problems, such as insecurity, violence, street gangs, substance abuse, and domestic violence, and positively contribute to wider social transformation.

"Sport breaks down the barriers between the rich and the poor. Sport does not discriminate. It unites borders, creates excitement, and makes us forget about our problems.”

Goals for the future

Infrastructure Development

To create a certified high-quality training centre that is available to talented children and youth from low-income FAMILIES;

Programme Development

To provide sports facilities and sports equipment to the most vulnerable areas of the country

Training Sessions

To promote training camps

Education

To provide access to education, including scholarships, material, and financial support, to young people, and to offer coaching qualifications

Sustainability

To equip young people with skills that will enable them to access the professional world and therefore support their families in the long run

Additional information

Partner since

2015

Football Activities

Regular training sessions, coaching qualifications, providing equipment and infrastructure

Non-football services

Education, scholarships, and values-based trainings

Participants challenges

Poverty

Organisation challenges

Political insecurity in the country

Country challenges

Streets in Honduras are particularly dangerous to live in. Honduras has the world’s highest murder rate. There are about 85 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, largely due to gangs and drug trafficking. In just six months of 2011, there were 779 youths under 23 years of age killed on the streets. Furthermore, there are increasing rates of femicide and domestic violence, which pushes many women on the streets (Casa Alianza, World Vision).

Homelessness Statistics

In 2013, the housing deficit in Honduras amounted for around one million homes (El Heraldo, 2014). Especially the number of street children has been growing constantly. Between 8 to 12% of all children (between 200,000 – 300,000 children) under the age of 18 are working or living on the streets (FCH, 2014). Nine out of ten children who live on the streets suffer different kinds of abuse (La Prensa, 2013).

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