And then came the rain…
Wednesday night, Haiti’s capital experienced its
heaviest rainfall since the earthquake, a soaking downpour that lasted
for several hours. The storm, the second this week, foreshadowed things
to come when the rainy season sets in next month.
“It has rained before, but not so hard and so long,” said Marie Lucie
Osias, 37, who lives in a makeshift shelter in the Delmas 40-B
encampment in Petionville, with her 10-year-old son. Her other three
children died in the quake. “Our clothes got wet, everything got wet. I
just tried to keep the water out the best I could,” she said. Whenever
water started to pool in the tarp that serves as her roof, she would
push it up with a stick and try to make sure it ran off to the outside
instead of coming in.
Lucie Osias (L), lives with her son (R), the lone earthquake survivor
among her four children, in a makeshift shelter. (Photo by Jonathan
Shelter is still a major concern in Haiti; the
United nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
(OCHA) has reported for the fifth consecutive week that shelter is one
of the most urgent priorities facing displaced communities. OCHA
estimates that only 24 percent of the 1.3 million people in need of
shelter have received tarps or tents.
ELCA Disaster Response is working to provide much
needed shelter to people like Marie. The Lutheran World Federation is
hard at work to provide shelter materials like tarps and rope while
transitional shelters are being constructed. In the future, sturdier
shelters will be needed as families prepare to cope with the annual
hurricane season. ELCA Disaster Response has also provided funds for
the purchase and shipping of 12,000 tarps through Lutheran World Relief
to be distributed in Haiti by Church World Service and the Lutheran
Click here to read the full article on shelter needs from the ACT Alliance.