COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Honduras

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Honduras

Last Updated: 04/12/2021

Honduras is facing an enormous increase in hunger and poverty from the dual 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%. Cases of COVID-19 in Honduras are declining; an average of 541 new cases were reported daily in the week before April 6. As of April 5, Honduras had administered enough doses to fully vaccinate 0.3% of its 9.2 million people. Businesses in the country are currently operating at 50% capacity while recreation sites such as bars, gyms and theaters are closed. A curfew is in place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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 286,000 food packs, 197,000 hygiene kits and have also been able to facilitate medical support for nearly 4,000 people.

COVID response in Honduras

A Message From National Staff

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 conducting virtual classes. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute almost 286,000 food packs and 197,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Honduras

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“We grieved the loss of our first baby, who died of a skin infection when he was only 16 months old,” says Melissa, a mother in Honduras. “When I found out that I was pregnant again, I rejoiced and praised the Lord.” Melissa enrolled in the Survival Program, a Compassion initiative that ministers to moms and babies in poverty.

When baby Enoc was born in January 2020, Melissa and her partner, Alexis, could not have been happier. But when Enoc was 4 months old, the little boy developed high fevers. Melissa immediately contacted the Survival implementer, who rushed them to the nearest hospital.

Tests revealed that an infection had spread through baby Enoc’s body, and he would need surgery. At the same time this terrible news came, COVID-19 was crippling Honduras.

“My partner is a welder and the COVID-19 pandemic left him without a job,” says Melissa. “We could not afford the cost of the surgery. I was worried to death and cried because I thought that I could lose Enoc too.”

Without hesitation, the Survival implementer gave Melissa and Alexis the good news that Compassion would cover the costs of Enoc’s surgery and all the medical assistance he needed. Enoc was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery. After being discharged, he healed perfectly. Doctors gave him a clean bill of health.

“I’ll be forever grateful for what the Survival Program did for my son Enoc,” says Alexis. “I used to cry along with Melissa thinking about Enoc’s surgery and how we were going to afford it. I praise the Lord for Enoc’s healthy life, and we appreciate the help of the Survival implementer, who has always been there for us.”

How can I pray for Honduras?

Pray that God would give partner churches the creativity needed to reach children and their families during these unprecedented times. 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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