With nearly 1,000 miles of coastline packed with beautiful beaches and resort getaways, the D.R. is a vacationer's paradise. But travel inland and you'll see the grim results of economic inequality and natural disaster. That's where you'll find some of the poorest communities in the country.
Guatemala's famous volcanic black sand beaches look like a scene from another planet. But far from the waves, a dramatically out-of-balance distribution of wealth means poverty pervades both the rural and urban areas of this country. Crime is high and gangs are so dangerous police refuse to confront them.
Sadly, a global reputation for criminal activity overshadows the ancient Mayan ruins and perfect beaches Honduras offers. It’s one of the poorest countries in the Western world, with nearly 60% of the population living below the poverty line, often in dangerous communities riddled with gangs and crime.
Mexico is a vast territory with a variety of traditions, but the icons that many associate with Mexican culture (think sombreros, mariachi music and tequila) come from the state of Jalisco. In its capital city of Guadalajara, where we focus our efforts, 40% of people live in poverty.
Little Rock is the charming capital city of Arkansas, with an impressive mix of culture and amenities in a metropolitan area. Unfortunately, though, many of Little Rock’s residents have been left behind, with nearly 20% of families living in poverty.