Unintended Outcomes

Covid had shaken up the Honduran way of life and the work of Vecinos Honduras.  While the effort has shifted away from capacity building, education, and agriculture to health care prevention, it is clear that the capacities that have been built up in the preceding years to give the community the confidence to take action themselves. Here is a list of some of the unexpected effects of the pandemic. Some are good and some are not. It is taken from the Covid-19 Emergency Response Report for April 8-June30th.

Community leaders fumigating houses for disinfection to avoid contagion of people by COVID-19. They are using a mixture of chlorine bleach diluted in water in the Las Guarumas project.
  • A group of young people and farmers are working collectively to create a strategic grain reserve. Three (3) groups of farmers (from Claveles #1, Boneton and Buena Esperanza) are sowing 10.2 acres of bean using seed that was given to them and the Saving and Credit Group. In  El Progreso 1.7 acres of corn are being planted.
  • A group of young people (Alianza Juvenil) created a plan for vegetable planting, because there were no vegetables in the convenient stores.
  • Health volunteers from the project’s influential communities are carrying out disease prevention actions mainly for COVID-19 and Dengue. They have also coordinated with other communities in neighbouring villages.
  • Conflicts between people have increased, due to resistance to compliance by some people who are not aware of the existence of the pandemic.
  • A Case of Dengue was presented in the community of Casas Nuevas, which is why the community health committee has strengthened hygiene actions in the community, developing clean-up campaigns and raising awareness among families in the proper management of garbage.
The monitors are training mothers to cut down the water collection stacks, to avoid breeding grounds for the larvae of the Aedes Aegipty mosquito, and the anopheles to avoid Malaria and Dengue, Classic and hemorrhagic, the Abate® 1 SG is a powder insecticide that an amount is applied in the water to prevent the mosquito from laying its eggs. It also kills mosquito larvae.
  • Many activities unfortunately were not carried out in the field (workshops, meetings, monitoring and evaluation of the program) due to the pandemic and the provisions implemented by the SINAGER National Risk Management System.