More than 6,800 Hondurans affected by Tropical Storm Julia received support and relief from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in collaboration with Adventist Development and Relief Agency of Honduras.
The storm came with torrential rains, landslides and floods in early October. In response, the Church and the relief agency gave coupons that allowed beneficiary families to shop and obtain basic items according to their needs.
The aid began a few days after the storm passed and ended on Oct. 23, reported the Church’s Honduras Newsroom, and took place in the cities of La Lima, El Progreso and Tegucigalpa.
Adventist Development and Relief Agency President Michael Kruger said: “Our joint relief efforts have strengthened our global response to disasters and emergencies and have helped millions of people around the world.”
Projects sponsored by he Church are designed to serve the community and help those in need during natural disasters, allowing members and others to become part of organized emergency response teams, said Newsroom.
In early September, heavy rains and landslides hit various neighborhoods in the capital city of Tegucigalpa. Media reports listed hundreds of evacuations and 50 homes destroyed.
On Sept. 27, members of the Church in Tegucigalpa collected groceries, hygiene products, clothing, shoes and quilts to share with families affected by the disaster.
Newsroom reported that the items were then delivered to more than 60 families in the shelters. “Adults and children alike received with gratitude the kind gesture of the Latter-day Saints who served in this difficult time,” said the report.
The local leaders of the Church invited members to follow the example of the Savior by serving and loving their neighbors.
Hurricanes Eta and Iota
Hurricanes Eta and Iota hit Honduras two weeks apart in November 2020, yet many people are still affected and suffering two years later.
The late-season Category 4 Atlantic hurricanes isolated hundreds of thousands of people. More than a hundred people died because of the flooding, and thousands of houses were flooded up to 2 meters, resulting in losses of all the households assets.
More than 100 people have been staying in shelters near Democracy Bridge in El Progreso, Honduras, after their houses were destroyed by the hurricanes’ wake, reported Honduras Newsroom.
On Sept. 22, the people in the shelters received donated food and clothing from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who live in El Progreso. Volunteers who participated spoke of being a helping hand to mitigate some of the needs the others were going through.