By Karla Aguilar, Staff at Youth for Honduras
March was supposed to be a month of strengthening relations – among the youth in your program and our staff. Each youth depends on stable and strong relations for an integrated development. They are working hard to complete goals but they suffer from insecurity when it comes to decision-making. Stronger bonds within Youth for Honduras could help the youth in this matter. They will feel more supported and, most important, establish sound friendships in a setting of trust and motivation.
Therefore, we planned a series of social and recreative activities with the focus of empowering the youth and help them identify their needs. Another positive side of the activities was to make youth and staff work together as a team. We also planned to visit all transition houses to be able to experience everyday life with our first-year youth. We would have got to know them better as well as the environment in each house.
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But we had to pause our plans on March 16 when the Honduran government initiated a quarantine because of Covid-19. From that day we faced a difficult situation here in Honduras not being able to leave our homes. The quarantine was announced hours before it became effective and many Hondurans did not get the opportunity to prepare. At the time of writing, we don’t know the final date of the quarantine.
Finding ourselves in this situation, Youth for Honduras saw the need to take action and resolve challenges occurring among the youth of our transition program. Their university classes were cancelled but reemerged online, so they were in need of a computer in their home. Normally, they do their assignments and investigations on computers here at the office, likewise, they print and make copies here. Another challenge, in the beginning of the quarantine, was that the supermarkets closed. Additionally, the youth could not come to the office and receive their scholarships.
Therefore, we saw it as a necessity to support the youth in new ways. They have been blessed with food supplies through us and others who have felt a call in their hearts. We have been extra attentive these days asking more to the wellbeing of our youth, we provide them with the facilities they need to complete classes, and pass on information and news from the government. All of our youth have been very grateful and send blessings to all who remembered them.
Many of our youth have been distressed because they can’t leave their houses to continue a normal life. Also, worries about what might happen in the future and how much more time they have to be at home, are dominating their thoughts. There are specific times determined by the government where we can go shopping in the supermarkets, go to the pharmacy, or the banks. But some of the youth in our program won’t leave their homes because of fear of getting the virus. Some of those have stated that with the help they received, they don’t need to leave their house – they prefer to stay safe there and it relieves them.
Now and before this crisis, Youth for Honduras has faith in God – He will always bless us in every moment. He guides us on all our ways and this is why we work within the frames of what is possible and respect the norms set by the government, however, never forgetting the needs of our youth. We listen to their concerns as best as we can by the help of technology.
We as staff have also spent time to work well with updates of our data, records, and administrative information to improve evaluation processes, identify specific needs, make reports about the different programs we have, and be in contact with the different institutions that maintain a close relationship with the association.
As a Christian association, we pray that everyone may have good health and a commitment to help our neighbors through words of understanding, love, motivation, and hope in this situation. This season is an opportunity to rethinking priorities, to adapt, to accept our feelings, and to connect with people around us and, most important, with Christ.