Devastation, impact, destruction. Two lethal blows by the brutal force of hurricanes Eta and Iota, with no time to react. Honduras had suffered multiple crises in recent years - poverty, violence, environmental devastation, massive emigration and, more recently, the covid-19 pandemic -. At this factors, is added the brutal blows that nature has left in its wake: 94 dead, almost 4 million victims and an increase in the level of poverty of 10% exceeding 70% of the population, according to economic analysts.
The government was overwhelmed by circumstances to respond and the population felt left to its own devices. The destruction in Honduras by the two recent hurricanes, added to the difficulty to continue with subsistence agriculture in recent years and the environment of violence, could drive new migration caravans.
We wanted to respond to the harsh and painful reality of that moment, opening the doors of the Saint Elizabeth school, as a shelter for families whose houses were flooded, and visiting the families of the affected students.
In the reception, we try to cover the most urgent and basic needs. During the visits, we carry with the food and clothes, a message of solidarity. The families housed are gradually returning to their homes with little or nothing that they managed to rescue.
There are still areas under water and thousands of people will spend Christmas in shelters, in shelters on the side of roads and under bridges, because their houses were totally destroyed.
We feel that the Lord has embraced the pain of our people, and we feel driven to continue responding from our own fragility. Therefore, we can say “Merry Christmas!”