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Deaf in Honduras


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
74,000 Honduran Sign Language Christianity 96.64 % Unknown No No   

Deaf in Honduras

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Introduction / History
The majority of Deaf Hondurans say they had no language until the 1980s when the National Deaf Association and Deaf ministries were established. It was at that time when their language started developing as they became a community distinct from the hearing community. American Sign Language is said to be the language they used until the development of Honduran Sign Language (LESHO). There are three major cities where Deaf people congregate: Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, and La Ceiba. Many Deaf people living in rural areas are isolated and use only gestures and home signs the family has created for necessary communication.

Interpreters are one of the greatest needs among the Deaf Honduran community. They need access to important information and reliable education that will allow them to become more independent. Sign Language publications are needed to continue their language development, to offer sign language classes to both hearing and Deaf Hondurans, and to use as student manuals in the school system. Deaf Hondurans also want to have Spanish literacy programs. Families of Deaf children need access to information about deaf ness and how they can best help their Deaf children.

Typically Deaf Hondurans are unaware of their family's belief system. Many families of Deaf Hondurans do not know LESHO and therefore are unable to share the gospel clearly. Though Deaf Hondurans may grow up attending mass or other church services they may not clearly understand what is being taught until they attend a service taught in LESHO. Churches with Deaf pastors grow rapidly as Deaf people learn about God's love through a language they clearly understand, Honduran Sign Language.

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Country: Honduras
Continent: North America
Region: America, Latin
10/40 Window: No
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
ROP3 Code: 114916
Joshua Project People ID: 19007
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 74,000
Population all Countries: 47,601,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Deaf
People Cluster: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
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Primary Language: Honduran Sign Language (74,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hds    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.03 % 
Christianity96.64 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.80 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.18 % 
Non-Religious1.90 % 
Other / Small0.45 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a larger relative representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Deaf in Honduras

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People Cluster
    Deaf     America, Latin    
      Deaf Honduras    
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            Deaf in Honduras          
      Religion Language  
      Christianity     Honduran Sign Language  
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