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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 108,000 and related deaths were more than 2900 as of 1 December. Honduras was hit by the Category 4 Hurricane Eta and then by the Category 5 Hurricane Iota in the month of November. The storms caused at least 100 deaths and $10 billion of damage to homes and agriculture, resulting in widespread food insecurity.

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COVID-19 in Honduras

How is Compassion currently operating in Honduras?

  • Are Compassion centres open?

    _At this point, all Compassion child development centres in Honduras are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. _

    Staff members have delivered over 187,600 food packs and 118,600 hygiene kits and are reinforcing hygiene and safety measures with caregivers. They have also been able to facilitate medical support for more than 2400 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.

  • 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 sponsored 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, although they are currently delayed. 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 decide the best use of the money, recognising that sometimes purchasing food or paying rent is in the best interest of a child.

How you can pray

Thank you for praying for children and families in Honduras who have been impacted by COVID-19—and the local staff and churches who continue to serve them in difficult circumstances.

Please join us in praying for the following:

  • God would give the doctors wisdom as they begin to retreat Marilyn’s cancer after remission. Pray that God would give Marilyn and her family peace and strength as she begins treatment.
  • God would provide Katerine with the opportunity to have a kidney transplant.
  • God would be the Provider for the children, families and staff who have lost everything in Hurricane Eta.
  • Continued safety and health of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 that they would recover quickly and not have any further complications.
  • Safety and protection of the Compassion staff as they provide relief supplies to the children and families who need it most.
Keeping connected in Honduras

Keeping connected in Honduras

They might not be able to physically meet on the playground, but God’s love continues to unite sponsored children across Honduras in powerful ways! When Honduras was placed on lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, local churches were determined to continue bringing hope to isolated families.   Read more open_in_new

Crisis Reports from Honduras

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    Hurricane Eta in Honduras (Crisis Update) 26 Nov, 2020

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 57 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 4770

    New information

    Some families have begun to clean their damaged homes. Disaster Relief funds are being used to support the shelters where most of the affected families are living. Compassion staff are still working in the northern region to coordinate the relief support efforts with local church partners. At least 16 pastors and 121 local church partner staff have also been directly affected by the hurricane. Unfortunately, many families were also affected by Hurricane Iota.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for the children, families, and church partners, as they recover from losses and damages. Also, pray for staff that are working tirelessly to support the churches and children.

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    Hurricane Eta in Honduras (Crisis Update) 20 Nov, 2020

    The situation

    The entire northern region of Honduras was again impacted with heavy rain and flooding due to the recent Hurricane Iota. That is compounding the impact and challenging for relief efforts.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 57 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 2469

    New information

    Many of the families are still living in shelters or with family and friends. Some have returned to their homes to begin the clean out process. The local church partners and national staff are continuing to contact families to identify and record impact. This is still challenging in some areas, as there are still power and communication outages. Disaster Relief funds are being used to support the shelters and affected families with food, water, mattresses, mosquito nets and hygiene kits.

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for the children, families, and church partners, as they recover from losses and damages. Also, pray for staff that are working tirelessly to support the churches and children.

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    Hurricane Iota in Honduras 16 Nov, 2020

    The situation

    The communities flooded by Hurricane Eta were again flooded by Hurricane Iota a few days later. The flooding and landslides have damaged many homes.

    Global Compassion impact

    Number of local church partners affected: 15 Number of Compassion assisted children affected: 247

    New information

    Most of the children affected by Hurricane Eta were also affected by Hurricane Iota. Most of the affected families are still living in shelters. Disaster funding originally submitted for Hurricane Eta relief is also being used to support relief efforts for Hurricane Iota (e.g. water, food, mattresses and mosquito nets).

    Prayer

    Please continue to pray for the protection, provision and peace of children, families, church partners and staff in Honduras.

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Please note: Due to the current pandemic, most child development centres in Honduras are temporarily closed. Our local church partners continue to meet the urgent needs of the children through home-based care.

A snapshot of Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program in Honduras

Compassion’s program is contextualised across countries and communities, as well as age groups.

  • Children aged 1 to 3 receive home-based care.
  • Children aged 3 to 14 visit the Compassion centre for six hours each week spread over two or three days after school.
  • Students aged 15 and older attend for four hours a week over two days.
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Compassion Program Activities in Honduras

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Compassion assisted children in Honduras typically attend program activities at their local child development centre after school. Here is an example of what a typical program day looks like for children in Honduras.

Devotional time - Children are taught to pray.

Spiritual lessons - Children sing songs and learn Bible stories.

Break and snack time - Children can play in a safe environment and develop friendships.

Social-emotional lessons - Children learn conflict resolution skills and how to develop healthy self-esteem and a godly character. Children often come from challenging home environments and are taught social and personal skills.

Lunch and social time - The majority of children do not have adequate nutrition in their homes and schools do not provide meals. Compassion centres at the local church aim to provide children with extra nutrition each time they attend the centre. Children experiencing malnutrition often receive extra food rations. Snacks usually consist of fruit, cereal and milk. Meals often comprise meat, cereals, vegetables and fruit.

Health lessons - Children learn practical health and hygiene tips.

Letter writing and career planning - Older children work with local staff to identify their strengths and interests and set goals for their future.

In addition, children are invited to participate in sporting tournaments, retreats, camps and educational visits. Older students are offered a variety of vocational skills workshops, such as welding, beauty, sports, baking, music, and computing. Parents and caregivers are offered parenting classes.

The greatest needs impacting children living in poverty in Honduras

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mothers die from pregnancy related causes per 100,000 births

Located in the corridor from South America to Mexico and the United States, Honduras is a transit country for everything from illicit drugs to human trafficking and mass migration.

Honduras’s history since Spanish colonisation in the 16th century is marked by military coups and counter-coups.

Racked by violence and corruption, gang rule and inequality, it is one of the most unstable countries in a volatile region, with recent widespread drought creating further hardship for locals and leading to ever-increasing numbers travelling across borders—most headed north for Mexico and the United States.

Almost half the population lives in poverty, and around 17 per cent of Hondurans live in extreme poverty (less than US$1.90 per day). Honduras has the second-highest extreme poverty rate in Latin America and the Caribbean, after Haiti. The country is also afflicted by one of the worst rates of inequality in the world, with a stark division between rich and poor.

Remittances (money sent home by expatriates) make up a significant part of the nation’s economy and many families are dependent on this source of income. Small-scale farming, the backbone of the nation’s agricultural economy, is collapsing; many rural communities are no longer able to sustain themselves due to drought and changing rainfall patterns.

In 2017, President Juan Orlando Hernandez was the first president in Honduras’s history to run for re-election, after the Supreme Court lifted a constitutional ban on presidents serving more than one term. He won, in a result that was widely questioned by international observers and met with protests across the country. More than 20 people were killed in subsequent riots.

Meanwhile, Honduran children living in poverty face many challenges, with malnutrition and insecurity foremost among them. They are particularly vulnerable to the threat posed by gang activity, with many boys coerced into joining and girls threatened with rape and forced labour. As meeting their basic needs becomes more difficult, some see gang life as the only alternative to starving or risking their lives on the road to the United States border.

Yet local churches across the country are working hard to nurture and protect these vulnerable children, to ensure they have the safety and space to grow and develop and experience a hope more powerful than poverty.

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