In 2016, during Honduras’ rainy season, massive floods struck coastal communities in the Gulf of Fonseca. Most villages rely on fishing for survival and haven’t been able to rebuild their lives since then.
Guapinol, a small fishing village, is one of these communities. Life as a fisherman is tough. Victor, a fisherman in Guapinol, said, “I have been fishing for 15 years. Sometimes because of the weather, we can't go out fishing for one or two months. Sometimes we don't get anything and our situation becomes very difficult.”
In 2011 when Choluteca of Honduras fell victim to a devastating flood, volunteers of Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Honduras began the assistance to bring relief to the area. In June, while Tzu Chi volunteers were in Honduras for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the recently completed Da Ai village in Choluteca, we also took the opportunity to hold a free clinic to safeguard the local residents' health. In total, six doctors provided clinical services, while 23 medical students helped with translations.
In 2011 when Choluteca of Honduras fell victim to a devastating flood, volunteers of Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Honduras began the assistance to bring relief the area. After further evaluation, Tzu Chi began building Da Ai villages to give locals a safe place to live. Recently 244 permanent houses were completed and handed over to the residents at a ribbon cutting ceremony. The president of Honduras who was in attendance came to not only thank Tzu Chi for their assistance, but also to bring housewarming gifts for each new homeowner.
Since December 2015, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Honduras as declared a state of emergency due to the Zika virus transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which also transmits Dengue and Chikunguya. Honduras, being one of the most violent and economically disadvantaged countries in Latin America, only has its situation and lack of resources for prevention, medical care, and recovery exacerbated by the virus.
According to a 2015 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), some 795 million people in the world still do not have enough food to lead healthy active life, with the majority in developing countries. At the same time, disasters are happening through out the world almost every day. Global food shortage is becoming a serious issue.
In October of 2011, heavy rains resulted in disastrous flooding and landslides in Central America. According to USAID, over a million Central American residents in the countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica were affected, and over 110,000 needed to be evacuated. Honduras, a country of over 8 million and one of the countries that was hit hard by the waters, saw at least 13,000 of its residents homeless and living in makeshift shelters by late October. By November, 70,000 Hondurans were affected by the flooding and were in desperate need of aid.