With the disaster of Hurricane Mitch in 1998, it has been estimated that Honduras regressed economically about 20 years. As a result, World Renew expects to continue its work to improve the spiritual and economic well being of low-income families in both rural and urban centers.
COVID COUNTRY UPDATE
At the start of August, Honduras found itself battling two health emergencies: the COVID-19 virus and a dengue fever outbreak. The government curfew which had lasted throughout the summer was lifted August 2, but remains in effect during the weekends. Over the summer, World Renew’s Rapid Response grant enabled our team to reach 2,638 families with information about COVID-19, 476 families with hygiene kits to prevent the virus’ spread, and partner staff with personal protective equipment to ensure that they can continue their important work safely.
Most of the country, save Tegucigalpa, is reopening in stages. Infection rates there remain too high. Our staff continue their work remotely as infection spreads and this will be the last of World Renew’s Latin America ministry offices to open. As physical distancing continues, World Renew’s aquaponics programming has proven to be particularly effective in providing families with safe, sustainable, and nutritious food that they can access without risking exposure to the virus.