As the COVID-19 crisis continues to develop, people all over the world are being impacted in different ways. The Hope Effect and our partners around the world are stepping up to help families and children however we can.
At first glance, this may look a bit different than our work providing family-style care to orphaned and vulnerable children. But the underlying mission remains the same. Children deserve to be loved and cared for in a safe, stable family environment.
The Situation in Santa Rosa
In Santa Rosa, Honduras, the situation is dire for many families. The government has implemented a strict curfew that severely limits the movement of individuals within the country. As a result, many families are unable to work and are having trouble putting food on the table.
Our team in Santa Rosa is focused on ensuring kids and families are receiving the food, supplies, and care they need. And sometimes, that means working with the families to come up with an alternate solution to provide the best possible care for a child.
Stefanie and her family are in a family preservation program – a program for families who are at risk of collapsing, or where the children are at risk of abuse or neglect.
Our team in Santa Rosa called to check on Stefanie’s family, and Stefanie told our team she was hungry but that she barely had any food. She said she had been living on nothing but a few tortillas each day.
Immediately, we offered to bring her food and supplies. When we arrived, we spoke with her grandfather to find out more about the situation.
Typically, another family member comes to their home to prepare meals for Stefanie and her grandfather. But because of the restrictions put in place by the government, that family member was not able to come.
In addition, Stefanie’s grandfather had spoken with his neighborhood sponsor and requested a bag of food from the government three days prior. That food never arrived.
One additional element complicated Stefanie’s situation. Because we’ve worked with this family before, we were aware Stefanie has a history of pneumonia and reactive airways. It is extremely important that she is safe and monitored, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Safer Option for Stefanie
After a conversation with the family, everyone agreed that the best course of action would be to bring Stefanie into our transition home in Santa Rosa.
Traditionally, our transition home cares for orphaned and vulnerable children who are awaiting a more permanent solution with an adoptive family or another type of family-style care. But in this case, Stefanie needed safe, stable family care right now – and our tradition home could offer that.
Since coming to our transition home, Stefanie is doing well! We are ensuring she is getting the proper medical care and nutrition she needs to stay healthy during this time. And perhaps most importantly, she is still receiving loving family-style care that is so important for every child.
You are Bringing Hope to Honduras
Stefanie’s story is just one example. All over Honduras, there are thousands of kids just like her, whose families who are unable to work and are struggling to care for their children.
And as time goes on, it’s only going to get more difficult for families and children who don’t have access to basic resources. We are continuing to focus on helping as many kids and families as possible receive the food, supplies, and care they need.
And we are so grateful for you during this time! Your generosity allows us to support children and families in Santa Rosa.
We’ll continue to update you as the situation in Santa Rosa develops. In the meantime, if you missed our April 9 interview with our partners in Santa Rosa, you can watch the conversation here.
Thank you again for all you do. You are making such a difference in Santa Rosa and around the world!