Go find Jenna.
Jenna is the best mason.
Jenna was a 20-year-old woman. How could she possibly be the best mason in town? The American expatriate charged with finding a top mason expected to find an older man, perhaps one whose body showed clear signs of years of hard labor. After all, the mason would be overseeing the masons working on construction of a large wall to enclose a two-acre compound for Samaritanâ€™s Purse, an international relief organization that would be based in Grand Goave, Haiti, a small town next to earthquake-ravaged LÃ©ogane. Unconvinced that this shy, soft-spoken young woman with beautiful braids and clear skin could take on such a task, he went back to continue the search, asking even more people throughout Grand Goave to name the best mason in town.
â€œConsistently, everyone said Jenna,â€ said Betsy Hall, Deputy Country Director of Samaritanâ€™s Purse.
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The commune of LÃ©ogane compared to other areas of the country is often affected by natural disasters, some more devastating than others. As in the hinterland, the constructions in LomprÃ©, a small rural town in the commune of LÃ©ogane, are particularly rough and flimsy. They possess few characteristics able to resist major climactic phenomena. In fact, in this area, you could count on the fingers of one hand how many little houses resisted last Januaryâ€™s earthquake. Since then, many families have suffered. Cordaid Haiti and IDEJEN have come to their rescue with a construction project of houses with a light structure. IDEJEN youth are the pillars of the project implementation.
Berta Mica, 53, is a single mother who battles the harsh reality of rural Haitian life to take care of her three children. A trader before January 12, today made helpless due to the collapse of her home and the loss of the small boutique where she sold her products in LomprÃ©, Berta did not even have a tent to protect herself and her children from the whims of nature for three months after the catastrophe. On Thursday, May 6, 2010, she is a woman who is full of life, her eyes filled with gratitude and hope, who stood under the roof of the house constructed by IDEJEN youth and financed by Cordaid in the courtyard suddenly cramped due to the debris from the old, collapsed house.
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La commune de Leogane Ã lâ€™instar dâ€™autres zones du pays est souvent touchÃ©e par des catastrophes naturelles les unes plus dÃ©vastatrices que les autres. Tout comme dans lâ€™arriÃ¨re pays, les constructions de LomprÃ©, petite localitÃ© rurale de la commune de LÃ©ogane sÃ©vÃ¨rement touchÃ©e par le sÃ©isme du 12 janvier 2010, sont particuliÃ¨rement sommaires et prÃ©caires. Elles prÃ©sentent trÃ¨s peu de caractÃ©ristiques pouvant rÃ©sister Ã des phÃ©nomÃ¨nes climatiques dâ€™envergure. En effet, dans cette localitÃ©, on peut compter sur les doigts dâ€™une main les maisonnettes ayant rÃ©sistÃ© au tremblement de terre de janvier dernier. Depuis, plusieurs centaines de familles se trouvent en grande difficultÃ©. CORDAID et IDEJEN ont volÃ© Ã leur secours via un projet de construction de maisons Ã structure lÃ©gÃ¨re. Les jeunes dâ€™IDEJEN sont les piliers de lâ€™exÃ©cution de projet.
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