Impact of the earthquake on life in Simon-Pelé
Marie-Ange Dieudoné, 58, who recently lost her husband, is one of the beneficiaries of these projects. The corridor where she resides was rehabilitated by Habitat. Dieudoné has been living in this area of Port-Au-Prince since she was a teenager.
Today, she lives there lives with her 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Dieudoné shared her satisfaction with us: “Before, it was very unpleasant to live in this corridor. There was always muddy and stinking water in front of my house.”
“This water came from a factory up the street, and given that there was no canal, it remained for days in front of my house. Also, the neighbours up the street usually dumped their waste in it.”
“The water flooded my house whenever it rained. It was impossible for my children to close their eyes during rainy nights because they sleep on the floor. For me, it is a miracle that Habitat has rehabilitated this corridor.”
“It looks very nice, and there is even a canal for the water to come down. The corridor does not smell horrible anymore, and thanks to Habitat, my children and I will sleep in peace during rainy nights. I thank God and I thank Habitat for Humanity.”
Simon-Pelé is the only home that Grégory Renard has ever known. He now lives in corridor Charité with his wife and kid, where he owns a convenient store.
“A few years ago, I started this small business. But this corridor is always full of muddy and smelling water. My customers usually play hopscotch to get to my store.”
“Since it’s inconvenient for them to get here, they go to other stores on the main road. That used to be bad for business. But now, my customers will not have so much difficulty to get to my boutique. So, I am happy and grateful to Habitat for paving the road.”
Marie Carmelle Duclos
Marie Carmelle Duclos is a community council member and the coordinator of Mouvman Tet Ansanm pou Kore Fanm (MOTAKFA), an organisation that works on health care, sanitation and to promote hygiene in Simon-Pelé.
“I think the community will tremendously benefit from the services of the expansion of the health center. Since we didn’t have enough space to serve everyone in the community, people usually traveled long distances to find a clinic.
“Plus, the treatments are expensive so now we will be able to offer better services to people in the community. I truly appreciate the work that Habitat is doing here.”
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