Last Updated: 03/23/2021 

Honduras is facing an enormous increase in hunger and poverty from the effects of the pandemic and 2020 hurricanes. The number of households without enough food has increased by more than 50% during the pandemic, according to the World Food Program. Flooding from the hurricanes left thousands of people homeless and destroyed both staple food crops and cash crops, including coffee farms. The poverty rate has increased from 65% to 75%. On March 4, Honduras reported 100,647 active cases of the coronavirus and a total of 4,214 related deaths. The government hopes to receive its first batch of vaccines donated through the World Health Organisation this month. 

Compassion child development centers are closed, although frontline church workers are keeping in touch with families via phone calls and are conducting video classes for the children where possible. They have delivered almost 265,000 food packs and over 177,000 hygiene kits and have also been able to facilitate medical support for more than 3,000 people. 

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 265,000 food packs and 177,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

Are Children Receiving Letters?

Letters are currently being delivered in Honduras, although delivery to and from your child may take a bit longer than normal. We encourage you to continue writing your child, as all children need words of hope and encouragement now more than ever before. Thank you for your ministry! 

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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