#UpRooted Stories

Spotlight: Honduras


Jackie 17, wants to leave her home in Honduras, where her family of 6 live in “extreme poverty”. The building they live in is a iron shack built on a slope. Her mother and the teenage kids work random jobs to make money. Jackie’s younger brother Alexis, 16, left on a journey with his cousin to America trying to escape the poverty. Unfortunately his pilgrimage ended in Mexico when he fell off a train and amputated his leg.


Jackie isn’t scared of leaving because of her brothers endeavours, she hopes to leave one day soon.

Thousands of children often look to leave home because of the poverty and gangs that plague Honduras. They are frequently at risk of rape, trafficking and even death, in search of a new life in America.


"It terrifies me. It terrifies me just to think about it. But it also terrifies me to live this life, knowing there is no hope. At least I can take the risk, and have some hope." - Jackie

For Alexis, 17, getting to the United States, was about more than just "an American dream." 

 "For the same reason I left here, my brothers and sisters could do the same one day, because of poverty, because you sometimes spend days without eating. There's not enough money to go to college, only to primary school, then its over."

His fears for the future: "That things continue the way they are. That my siblings continue to live this way, with this poverty. It would be horrible."

This page was designed & written by Selin Ozturk & Codie Drake

Selin Ozturk is originally from Toronto, Canada. She has her bachelors degree from George Washington University in Political Science. She will be concluding her Masters degree from Trinity College Dublin in International Peace Studies in November 2019. Selin has focused her studies and work around refugees, women and children’s issues.

Codie Drake is originally from Chicago. She has a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Kentucky Westleyan College . She will be concluding her Masters degree from Trinity College Dublin in International Peace Studies in November 2019. 


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