Honduran players across Major League Soccer are teaming up in an effort to provide aid to their home country after Honduras was hit hard by Hurricane Eta earlier this month.
The devastating effects of Hurricane Eta have left Honduras with widespread flooding, mudslides and a shortage of essential supplies, especially for children. Because the aftermath of the storm has made social distancing difficult for citizens, Honduras has also struggled to stop the spread of COVID-19.
MLS Players Offering Support
In response to the emergency situation, Sporting KC midfielder and Honduras national team legend Roger Espinoza has worked quickly to assemble his compatriots in MLS to generate awareness and support for several aid organizations that are working to provide immediate relief to their nation. Espinoza has been joined in these efforts by Bryan Acosta (DAL), Oscar Boniek Garcia and Maynor Figueroa (HOU), Andy Najar (LAFC), Danilo Acosta (LA), Romell Quioto (MTL), Brayan Beckeles (NSH), and Douglas Martinez (RSL).
Being Honduran, seeing my people struggling – dealing with COVID and this hurricane – to see this initiative come together in support of my people, it makes me very happy because I know it will provide help to those that need it,” Espinoza said. “When the hurricane first hit, I saw that there wasn’t much coverage of what was going on in Honduras in the media or social media, so I was able to speak to all my fellow Hondurans that play in MLS and we thought that this initiative would help people in Honduras. So it makes me very proud to see it coming to fruition and provide help that’s needed in Honduras.
-- Roger Espinoza
How you can help
Espinoza and his fellow Honduran MLSers encourage anyone who can to help provide relief to their nation by supporting the following organizations:
- Humanity and Hope United Foundation — A non-profit working to assist underserved villages and remote parts of Honduras
- Operación Frijol — A non-profit that seeks to counter the COVID-19 pandemic by feeding those in need.
- Food for the Poor — A U.S.-based non-profit that is providing disaster relief kits to Honduras to help families in the path of Hurricane Eta.