Haiti: More than 13,000 reached as Concern continues water distributions

January 22, 2010
Photo by Ed Kenney

Distributing water and purification tablets is essential as we work to stabilize Haiti post-quake. While setting up “bladders” for the community and organizing peaceful distribution, we encounter many quake survivors eager to share their stories. We met Evans, a young teacher, with tragic story of loss and a hopeful story of survival.

We did another water distribution today. Standing patiently in the queue was Evans, a 24-year-old teacher whose house was destroyed during the earthquake: “You are the first agency to come and help us here. There are more than 2,000 people in this camp and we need more help.” Evans invites me to visit his house—or to put it more accurately, the remains of his house.

Off the main road is a pile of rubble: “This was my home. I was standing outside with my sister when the ground started shaking. Before I knew it, the house was falling down, and I started to panic as my brother and two friends were inside watching television. We were able to rescue my brother, but my two friends did not make it.”

Evans, 24, whos house was destroyed during the earthquake.

Evans, aged 24, surveys his destroyed home

Evans becomes emotional as he relives the trauma of last week. He is just one of hundreds of young men in Port-au-Prince now trying to survive, trying to help their families survive.

“You are the first agency to come and help us here. There are more than 2,000 people in this camp and we need more help.”

The Concern team moves to another makeshift camp. An estimated 7,000 people are living on top of one another here, and as soon as our water tank (aka “bladder tank”) is filled with clean water, we will serve the community here with clean water for the coming months.

To date, Concern has provided clean, safe water and water purification tablets to more than 13,000 people. Distributions will continue tomorrow, Concern’s teams have been organizing these distributions with local community leaders to ensure a peaceful delivery. This is essential in Concern emergency interventions here in Haiti, and so far it is working.