Last Updated: 24/09/2020

The level of coronavirus 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 has surpassed 68,000. The public health system has limited capacity for handling severe cases of COVID-19. The government has gradually begun to reopen businesses, and airports have begun operating again, with international tourists now allowed to enter the country if they have tested negative for the coronavirus.

Compassion programs and activities remain suspended in Honduras. Program staff members have delivered 126,9998 food packs and 75,951 hygiene kits and are reinforcing hygiene and safety measures with caregivers. They have also been able to facilitate medical support for 1,823 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.

A Message From Compassion Honduras’ National Director

Hear from Yolanda Rodas, National Director of Compassion Honduras, as she shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in Honduras.

Updated: 20/08/2020

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 even if centers are closed and letters and gifts are not being delivered, your child and his or her family are being checked in on regularly by staff. We all look forward to the day we will all be able to gather together again!

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 in some communities they are able to visit children while obeying social distancing guidelines. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute 126,9998 food packs and 75,951 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?

The current practice in Honduras is for staff to disburse monetary gifts to an appropriate, verified caregiver. 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 the many Hondurans who are suffering from malnutrition because they cannot obtain groceries. Pray for our church partners as they deliver food and supplies to families desperate for help.

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