Last Thursday in the early morning hours it rained heavily here in Port-au-Prince. I slept right through it, but later when I was talking to a local Mercy Corps staff member, she told me the rain woke her up. “My heart hurt” at the sound of it, she said. She knew the rain meant serious problems for many of the earthquake survivors who still lack adequate shelter from the rain.
That same day we went to the Truitier neighborhood in Tabarre to see the distribution of plastic sheeting that will protect families from the rain. This week we went back to Truitier to find and photograph people that had set up their sheets. We spoke with 28 year-old Marie Ginette Fils Aimee.
Marie Ginette, a certified nurse, watched her house crumble following the earthquake. Now she’s participating in Mercy Corps’ cash-for-work program, and as a participant she automatically received one of the plastic sheets.
Marie Ginette and her good friend Darline, also a cash-for-work participant and plastic sheeting recipient, collaborated together and set up their houses directly next to each other, sharing one support wall. With the help of her brother and father, Marie Ginette was able to get her sheet up in one day. She says there is great comfort in knowing that her family, including her mother, father, and brother, can now sleep under the sheeting and will be sheltered from the rain.