This holiday, Peacebuilding en las Américas’ (PLA) representatives and partners in Honduras and Guatemala are not on vacation. They are facing a major humanitarian emergency caused by the massive destruction of Hurricanes Eta and Iota which affected more than six million people. This is in addition to challenges that the Covid, hunger, and domestic violence pandemics have already brought this year.
But, our partners are not complaining; they are responding with resiliency and optimism to the suffering around them. They are reaching out to those communities in greatest need that are not helped by the government or large relief organizations.
Ondina Murillo, a life-long peace activist now in her 70s, has responded to the changing conditions of this year with the same determination and energy as always. Covid 19 and Hurricanes Eta and Iota have not stopped her commitment to her communities. Rather, she has risen to the new challenges with courage and creativity, discovering new ways to take action. As she states, “I am happy we are able to help those who suffer from the violence this year has brought… Right now I am in the middle of the reparation of a roof ripped off by the Hurricane. I have looked for collaboration by people who could volunteer their labor.”
Presently, Ondina is working with the Peace and Justice Program of the Mennonite Church in Honduras, a partner of PLA, to provide re-construction supplies to 50 families in the industrial capital of San Pedro Sula and the coastal city of La Ceiba. She is also providing 20 families in her immediate neighborhood with holiday Peace Baskets filled with basic foodstuffs, hygiene items and messages of peace. Ondina will also bring Peace Baskets to the eleven Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) Facilitators in prison, where she helped initiate AVP more than five years ago. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Ondina has helped over 100 families in La Ceiba.
Your support makes a difference. With your donation, we can help Ondina provide essential supplies for communities to rebuild. We invite you to consider giving a holiday gift to allow the work to continue and to grow! Any amount will be much appreciated.
You may donate online here (please select Peacebuilding en las Americas) or make a check to Friends Peace Teams-PLA (write “PLA” on the memo line) and mail it to Friends Peace Teams-PLA, 1001 Park Ave., St. Louis MO 63104. Thank you!