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A season of rethinking

Posted by on Apr 21, 2020
A season of rethinking

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.


#HondurasQuédateEnCasa — #HondurasStayAtHome

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.


Overwhelming emotions


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.


Trusting God

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.


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