“When the earthquake occurred, I didn’t know what it was as a result of I had by no means skilled one thing so huge and dramatic earlier than. I believed it was an act of God and I used to be terrified.
My complete home shook so my daughter and I ran exterior to see what was happening, and I noticed it was an earthquake from the bottom. Then a part of my home collapsed, and huge cracks appeared within the callused brick partitions.
UN Haiti / Daniel Dickinson
Neighborhood has come collectively
We have been fortunate, as a result of nobody in my household was injured, however I do know many neighbors who died. The group, being rural, consists of farmers and individuals who purchase and promote items, come collectively and we assist one another. We now have saved many kids by digging them from beneath the rubble.
I believe the earthquake made us stronger as a group and that helped us once we moved to this makeshift camp in Devirel, on the sting of Les Cayes, simply 5 days after we left. I ran away from dwelling.
Life right here could be very troublesome. We reside, in small homes made from plastic panels. It’s scorching as a result of there are not any bushes right here and when it rains it is vitally muddy. There wasn’t a lot to eat, however we continued to maintain one another and share the little meals we had.
Once we arrived, we obtained loads of help from the United Nations*. We obtained a toiletries package and have been ready to make use of a rest room that had been constructed for us. I obtained some money funds so I might pay for my daughter’s education and there was a time when she obtained free faculty meals.
My aunt additionally obtained some monetary help as a result of she is disabled and notably weak. I’m very grateful for this help.
Generally, I can earn cash by serving to to reap the crops of my neighbors, however it’s troublesome to discover a job so I’ve to reside little or no. It’s arduous to vary somebody’s life in the event you don’t manage to pay for to do it. I need to return to my dwelling with my daughter, however I’m too scared to do this earlier than I repair it. So I’ll attempt to avoid wasting cash for a repair.
A yr after the earthquake, I’m nonetheless optimistic in regards to the future; I do know I can depend on myself and my group for a greater life.”
* Quite a lot of United Nations companies have supported Plaisimond Milaure and her neighbors, together with money transfers to weak and disabled individuals in addition to supporting kids’s education ( Worldwide Group for Migration, IOM) cleansing package (IOM and UNFPA) toilet facilities (UNICEF) and faculty meals, the World Meals Program, WFP. United Nations Workplace for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) coordinates the UN’s post-earthquake response.