COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Honduras

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Honduras

Last Updated: 10/19/2020

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 85,000. The public health system has limited capacity for handling severe cases of COVID-19, and the country has begun using mobile hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients. 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.

COVID response in Honduras

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. Watch this video for a detailed explanation of how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion centers and how local partners are caring for each registered child during this season.

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!

COVID response in Honduras

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Seven-year-old Noe was playing soccer with his friends when he noticed something didn’t feel right. He struggled to catch his breath, and his legs were shaking. While his father watched from the sidelines, little Noe fell to the ground.

"When he collapsed, I ran as fast as I could to hold my son,” says Josue, Noe’s father. “I rushed him to the public hospital. Noe woke up and was discharged — I took him back home with a feeling that something was not OK with him."

In the following weeks, Noe developed more complications, losing mobility in his left arm and leg. He needed urgent medical care and testing, but no one could help him — COVID-19 cases had inundated the local public hospitals. With no hospital capacity, he was put on a waitlist for an appointment.

When the Compassion center staff heard of Noe's situation, they immediately arranged to have him taken to a private hospital.

"We had no choice but to rush Noe outside the community to a private hospital," says Rosalba, director of the center that Noe attends. "Though we faced traveling restrictions because of COVID-19, we did not give up and found a way for Noe to get the medical attention he needed."

After the doctors assessed him and ran several tests, Noe was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. His symptoms grew, including blurry vision and difficulty in speaking.

"I have witnessed my son's health deteriorate in the last couple of months, and it has been hard to face. But regardless of cerebral palsy, the disease has not removed Noe's smile. He's still Noe, and when he's playing with his siblings, the three of them are a handful," says Josue.

The Compassion medical fund has paid for transportation to the hospital, a range of tests, X-rays, groceries and other essentials. Josue knows that the Compassion staff will walk alongside his family as they deal with Noe’s cerebral palsy. "Noe is a bright and special child to us," says Rosalba. "We hope he recovers mobility in his limbs. We love him so much."

How can I pray for Honduras?

Pray for Honduran government officials as they determine how to stabilize the economy after COVID-19. For more prayer resources, visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for prayer guides and a virtual prayer wall.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in Honduras
Give to Compassion’s COVID-19 Relief Fund
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