Five People, Five Voices from Haiti

  1. Each person has a story and a voice.  At World Concern we get to work with and serve some pretty remarkable people, each with their own story and voice.  Last week we chose to introduce you to some of these people in Haiti in a unique way.  Every day we shared one person's quote and photo via the World Concern Haiti Twitter account (@WCinHaiti).  These five people are all involved in a World Concern project in northwest Haiti which is helping communities be prepared for disasters and promote good hygiene and sanitation practices.  Here you can read more about them, all at once.
  2. “The system will make the water cleaner because it is protected in pipes.” -Elveus, Anse-a-Foleur #Haiti http://t.co/dePMwu0ZaV
    “The system will make the water cleaner because it is protected in pipes.” -Elveus, Anse-a-Foleur #Haiti pic.twitter.com/dePMwu0ZaV
  3. Elveus lives in the town of Anse-a-Foleur and is a construction worker.  He was hired by World Concern to help rehabilitate a water system in the town that had not been functioning for over three years.  Using pipes, Evleus and his team are bringing clean water to Anse-a-Foleur from the source high up in the mountains above the town.    

    "The system will make the water cleaner because it is protected in pipes."  
  4. “The best work that was done in the city because the work is strong and sustainable.” -Father William, #Haiti http://t.co/nDXabKSALj
    “The best work that was done in the city because the work is strong and sustainable.” -Father William, #Haiti pic.twitter.com/nDXabKSALj
  5. Father William leads a 112 year old Catholic Church in the seaside town of Anse-a-Foleur in north west Haiti. The building behind Father William sits next to his church.  World Concern retrofitted this building to serve as a storm shelter for the people of Anse-a-Foleur.  "This building was designated a storm shelter before but it was not fit," said Father William.  Now the building is structural sound to withstand an earthquake and has toilets and showers to accommodate people seeking refuge and safety during the next storm.         

    "The best work that was done in the city because the work is strong and sustainable."  
  6. “The trash bins are good because when we throw trash in the sea, the sea rises and the trash returns.” Monta, #Haiti http://t.co/f3uwvIzUFj
    “The trash bins are good because when we throw trash in the sea, the sea rises and the trash returns.” Monta, #Haiti pic.twitter.com/f3uwvIzUFj
  7. Monta lives in a dense neighborhood of Port-de-Paix in north west Haiti.  Her small concrete home, which she shares with her husband and two children, sits very near the sea.  Monta used to throw her garbage into the water because there was no other option or a waste management service.  World Concern worked with local committees to place garbage bins throughout Monta's neighborhood which the government collects when full. Better sanitation means Monta and her family are more likely to remain healthy.

    “The trash bins are good because when we throw trash in the sea, the sea rises and the trash returns.”  
  8. “They listen carefully about cholera and wash their hands after everything.” -Mme. Toussaint, school director #Haiti http://t.co/5urWAvuenY
    “They listen carefully about cholera and wash their hands after everything.” -Mme. Toussaint, school director #Haiti pic.twitter.com/5urWAvuenY
  9. Each day, 544 primary and secondary students come to learn at Ecole Nationale Marie Reine des Coeurs in the town of Anse-a-Foleur.  Mme. Toussaint is the school director and is well aware of the dangers poor sanitation pose for her students.  "Last year one student had cholera," she said.  World Concern taught students about the signs of cholera and how it can be prevented.  The students were also taught how to wash their hands thoroughly, even learning a song to help them remember.  World Concern provided a hand washing station which students use throughout the day.    

    “They listen carefully about cholera and wash their hands after everything.”
  10. “I want to study medicine because our country has problems with health and I want to help.” -Esther, student #Haiti http://t.co/cO7CLROlFK
    “I want to study medicine because our country has problems with health and I want to help.” -Esther, student #Haiti pic.twitter.com/cO7CLROlFK
  11. Seventeen year old Esther lives in the city of Port-de-Paix in north west Haiti with her mother and two sisters. World Concern did a door-to-door campaign in her neighborhood to share with people about hygiene and sanitation, and what to do in the event of a natural disaster.  "They told us about hand washing and what tsunamis are," Esther said.  "Hand washing prevents bad microbes which can give you diarrhea and cholera."  She is in the 10th grade and has big dreams.  

    "I want to study medicine because our country has problems with health and I want to help."