The national police and military police are being employed in the streets to enforce the new regulations. The length of quarantine and curfew is still unknown.
PAG in Honduras has been obligated to stop all program acitivities and comply with the government orders. All our offices are closed for now. Almost 100% of our staff is in their homes and some are still needed to provide protection and security to our offices and park centers. This situation developed so quickly that we only had a short period of time to send medicine shipments to restock PAG's community owned pharmacies with medicines which provide health services to over 2,000 communities. Our 1,200 community health volunteers are only attending emergency cases.
We especially want to thank the Jack and Marie Eiting Foundation for their long term support of the community health programs, as well as, the Shannon and Tillie Duncan Foundation for the special funding to train PAG's health care volunteers. Our most sincere thanks!
In regards to PAG's agricultural program, farm producers will lose the crops they have harvested for commercialization since San Pedro Sula is the major marketing center and the police has closed its borders as well. As a result, farm producers will have no income from sales during the quarantine/curfew time.
For Honduras, this Coronavirus is a major part of other additional problems, such as access to food supplies and water (especially in Tegucigalpa, where water is being distributed to urban areas of the city once every fifteen days due to the severe drought). This is a special burden for the very poor in areas of the city like Flor del Campo where unemployment rate is high and resources are very limited. Honduras needs massive prayers as our brothers and sisters struggle to fight this unseen enemy in very difficult circumstances.
As the body of Christ, let's continue to support and encourage one another with the precious promises from God: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27
We request additional contributions to help maintan PAG's community owned pharmacies with medicines in order to provide health services to poor communities without access to medical care. Our community health program coordinator has already begun retraining the community health volunteers who are providing critical medical services. PAG's medical efforts are complementing the efforts of the Secretary of Health of Honduras to minimize health problems. Your financial contribution will go towards purchasing medical supplies to restock the community owned pharmacies.
Thank you for your loyal support and continued prayers. May God bless you and keep you.