06 May A Note from Donna
COVID seems to be increasing here in Santa Rosa. We have had a few of our employees test positive as well as family members of our deaf school students. We decided to close the school for a 10 day period to be sure the issue isn’t spreading among our staff and students, and just as we completed the 10 days, the government mandated a two week school closure. It seems like it will never end here. While other Central American countries, like El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala, are all at least beginning to vaccinate their people, here in Honduras only medical staff and the very wealthy who can afford to fly to the U.S. are getting vaccinated. Companies are being offered vaccines for their employees, but not for free and with the condition that the company will take full responsibility for any adverse reactions. One health center reported that a recent government (political) vaccination effort was injecting the elderly in the community but only sticking the needle in without inserting the vaccine just so the old folks would think they are vaccinated. It is truly difficult to understand how a government can become so heartless and corrupt. It seems impossible that we might get past this pandemic, but the Honduran people are resilient and just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Of course we are losing thousands of young people daily to immigration, which will no doubt lead to future issues. But what would you do if you were in their shoes? I think the correct answer is that we really can’t make judgments because as U.S. citizens we have not yet had to succumb to such hopelessness. The promise of a different future is too compelling for many. We will continue to do our part to bring relief and hope. We invite you to pray with us for the country of Honduras and we also invite you to partner with us financially. We believe we are building something lasting that can make a difference today and for future generations.