Living Our Mission During the Coronavirus Pandemic
On March 16th, Honduran officials implemented a shelter in place order for people across the country in hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19. Olancho has strictly enforced the lock down, halting travelers in and out of the department. The massive impact on the economy means more people need assistance to meet their basic needs.
Businesses and nonprofits around the world have been forced to evaluate their operations, finances, and outputs. As the pandemic took hold, we knew that Olancho Aid had to respond quickly. Though our work had not included emergency food distribution before, it was clear that the community needed food support urgently. The Olancho Aid team jumped at the chance to help the families in our scholarship program, the orphanage, and the home for the elderly.
In week one, 159 bags filled with dry food staples and items like soap, toilet paper, and toothpaste. The following week, the offerings were supplemented with fresh produce from the model farm at Santa Clara Elementary School. By the end of April, over 2,500 lbs of beans has been delivered and more than 175 families had received assistance.
Families responded by sending photos, videos, and messages to express their gratitude. See a glimpse of what quarantine is like for them in this video.
To date, there are over 4,400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Honduras and 15 in the department of Olancho. The daily number of new cases has been increasing rapidly over the last week. The lock-down in Honduras continues, with schools and most businesses across the country closed.
You can help Olancho Aid Foundation, our staff, our students, and our community by making a contribution to the Coronavirus Relief Fund.