Last Updated: 19/01/2021

The level of COVID-19 testing is extremely low in Honduras, making it difficult to get an accurate view of how the country has been affected. The reported number of positive cases surpassed 122,000 and related deaths were more than 3,000 as of Jan 1. Security forces have been deployed to enforce curfews. It is mandatory to use face masks, sanitary gel and social distancing in public. Honduras was hit by the Category 4 Hurricane Eta and then by the Category 5 Hurricane Iota in November 2020. The storms caused at least 100 deaths and $10 billion of damage to homes and agriculture, resulting in widespread food insecurity. Honduras' coffee harvest is threatened by pandemic restrictions that keep local workers at home and prevent foreign harvesters from entering the country.

Compassion programs and activities remain suspended in Honduras. Program staff members have delivered over 215,000 food packs and 142,000 hygiene kits and are reinforcing hygiene and safety measures with caregivers. They have also been able to facilitate medical support for more than 2,700 people since the quarantine began. All who are delivering food have undergone training by the local government on safety measures. Church workers are keeping in touch with families via phone calls and are conducting live video classes for the children where possible.

How is Compassion Currently Operating in Honduras?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Honduras, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that all children and their families are being checked in on regularly by staff, either in person or by phone, even if the Compassion center is not open for programming.

Are Compassion Centers Open?

At this point, all centers in Honduras are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are still calling and checking in on families, and some centers are conducting virtual video classes. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute over 215,000 food packs and 142,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

Are Children Receiving Letters?

The majority of letters are delayed in Honduras, which means it may take longer for you to receive letters from your child. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t write! We encourage you to continue sending your sponsored child letters of encouragement and hope. What a joyful day it will be when those letters are delivered!

Are Gifts Being Delivered?

Gifts continue to be distributed in Honduras. Staff members have been given the option to disburse monetary gifts to an appropriate, verified caregiver, if necessary. This applies to family gifts and child gifts (including birthday and final gifts). Families may spend the gift on whatever they consider most important to meet family needs. The caregiver will be notified whether a gift has been designated as a child gift or family gift. The caregiver will decide the best use of the money, recognizing that sometimes purchasing food or paying rent is in the best interest of a child.

Story From the Field

It was the first rainy day after six months of severe drought and hot weather in 6-year-old Eduar’s community. Flooding was expected, affecting already vulnerable residents struggling with the financial impact of the COVID-19 quarantine. Since the quarantine started in March 2020, Eduar’s father and mother had lost their jobs as a farmer and housekeeper respectively and were having a hard time making ends meet. They knew the rains could provide both relief for crops and devastation in the form of flooding.

“Late at night, my husband and I were still awake but our son Eduar was already sleeping,” says Adelina, Eduar’s mother. “Heavy rains started to pour down in our community like never before. All of a sudden, a strong wave of polluted water broke into our house and flooded the whole place in a blink of an eye. My husband acted quickly and took Eduar in his arms while we ran to save our lives.”

As soon as Compassion's local church partner was notified about Eduar’s situation, leaders visited him and his family and provided not only spiritual guidance but also groceries, potable water, and blankets to stay warm.

“We felt relieved that Eduar and his family escaped from the flooding and no human casualties were reported,” says Denisse, the child development center director. “The next day after the flooding, we visited Eduar’s house and we assessed the situation. Through Compassion's Disaster Relief Fund, Eduar’s family was equipped with everything they needed.”

After a couple of weeks, Eduar and his family moved back into their house, which was fixed and cleaned of the polluted water and mud that came along with the heavy rains. Eduar even got a new bed, which he says he likes to snuggle in when it’s raining.

How can I pray for Honduras?

Pray for wisdom for Compassion staff and frontline churches as they determine how to help and support the more than 6,000 Compassion children and their families who lost everything in Hurricanes Eta and Iota.

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