The Government of the United States announced on Tuesday a grant of $ 4 million to provide humanitarian assistance to Honduran families affected by the coronavirus pandemic, which has left 485 dead and nearly 19,000 infections.
The US Embassy in Honduras said in a statement that those funds have been made available to Honduran authorities through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The assistance will be implemented by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) between June 2020 and July 2021, he added.
The funds will benefit around 70,000 Hondurans in vulnerable communities in the Honduran dry corridor, which connects part of the southwestern region with the center of the country, who have food problems.
“This aid will restore food security through cash transfers or coupons that can be exchanged for basic products,” emphasized the American embassy.
WFP and Usaid will implement the necessary biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in distribution processes, he said.
These activities are complementary to the food security response of the Government of Honduras and will help in strengthening its capacity to mitigate the effects of the emergency caused by COVID-19, said the United States Embassy in Tegucigalpa.
WFP’s mandate is “to save lives and provide livelihoods and improve nutrition, food security and self-sufficiency of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.”
The United Nations agency began in mid-June to deliver food to 29.00 Honduran families affected by the coronavirus in 12 of the 18 departments of the Central American country.
The pandemic began to be felt in Honduras in mid-March last, so preventive measures of social distancing were imposed to try to stop the disease, which has already killed 485 people and infected 18,818, according to official figures.
The United States Government Agency has worked for almost 60 years with the Government and people of Honduras.
Their projects have contributed to poverty reduction and the creation of opportunities for Hondurans through health, education, sustainable economic growth, environmental protection, infrastructure development, governance and democracy programs, according to official information.