May 26, 2021
It truly felt like déjà vu. In November 1998, Hurricane Mitch blasted through San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The airports were closed, and flights in and out were cancelled. The rivers burst their banks in all directions. Thousands lost their lives, including especially the poor and those “landless” who perched on riverbanks. The devastation was complete.
Fast forward to November 2020 as Hurricanes Eta and Iota brought new heartache to Honduras, with pounding rain, Category 4 and 5 winds, and dangerous landslides. Once again, arable land and security were lost as helpless residents watched the land flow down hillsides or into the river. Many had to be rescued from rooftops.
The Sisters of Mercy living in San Pedro Sula did not wait to evacuate nearly 40 vulnerable residents in their care, including children living with HIV/AIDS at the Heart of Mercy House. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there could be no delay. Little ones and staff moved to higher ground, where they relied on friends and family of staff for food, care and shelter. Miraculously, the sisters were able to handle everything that came their way.Read More