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The Strengthening Families Programme in Honduras

The first country in the Central American region to adopt the drug prevention "Strengthening Families Programme", after the successful experience in Panama, was Honduras.

In October 2011, UNODC-ROPAN carried out the first training for facilitators in the country. This workshop was held in conjunction with the Executive Secretary for the National Commission against Drug Trafficking in Honduras (CNCN according to its acronym in Spanish).

Officials of the National Programme for Prevention, Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration of Honduras (PNPRRS according to its acronym in Spanish), which falls under the responsibility of the Presidency of the Republic of Honduras, selected the Strengthening Families Programme to become an integral element in determining the objectives of their mission with parents.

UNODC-ROPAN subsequently assisted in the introductory training workshop for future facilitators of the SFP 10-14, which was led by the PNPRRS.

In March 2012, following to this introductory seminar, the training workshop was held and 35 professionals, from the different areas of psychology, education and sociology, were certified as facilitators of the SFP 10-14.

In 2012, the SFP 10-14 was carried out with excellent results in 9 communities in Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba, Municipio de Tela and Puerto Cortés. At the end of that year, 11 facilitators were certified as "trainers of trainers" (ToT) and 23 new facilitators were trained for reproducing the programme in other communities.

The implementation phases of the SFP 10-14 with the coordination and the support of UNODC-ROPAN ended in March 2013, with the conclusion of the 10 th planned workshop.

During the two year-work with the support of UNODC-ROPAN, nearly 60 professionals were trained, and 115 families (more than 300 people including parents and children) in 10 communities benefited from the excellent results reached during the execution of the programme in Honduras.

Since then, the PNPRRS possesses the experience and the knowledge for continuing the implementation of workshops targeting families in the communities as part of its prevention strategy.