Dear Commitment for Life Church,
Greetings from the Commitment for Life office. Becky and I felt we should share with you the emergency situation in Central America and ask for prayers at this time.
Central America is experiencing real hardship. Over half a million people in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have all been experiencing a food crisis due to prolonged drought in the region that shows no signs of abating. Those who have been affected the most have been subsistence farmers, farm labourers and low-income families, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Guatemala is one of the worst affected countries by climate change. The drought is causing high losses of corn and beans, the basic grains for the population and the death of thousands of cattle. The government declared the State of Calamity, in 16 of the 22 departments. The Eastern side of the country is the most affected, with total loss in Chortí municipalities. Christian Aid partner, Bethania, has been working with the Chorti communities who have, in most cases, lost all their crops. There have been 26 confirmed deaths due to malnutrition among children with one in 4 families suffering from severe malnutrition. Honduras and Guatemala have been working with UN Humanitarian Country Teams to draft Emergency Response Plans.
The situation is very similar in El Salvador, where more that 80% of farmers have reported that they lost all of their crops. U.N. Agencies have been supporting the government of El Salvador with emergency response.
Thanks so much for any help that can come, in the form of prayers or contributions, to help with the work that is needed there.
Wishing you a peaceful Christmas and a justice filled New Year.
Linda and Becky
Administrator, Commitment for Life (Tues & Thurs)