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 Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization that would be based in Grand Goave, Haiti, a small town next to earthquake-ravaged Léogane. 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.
“Consistently, everyone said Jenna,” said Betsy Hall, Deputy Country Director of Samaritan’s Purse.
The commune of Léogane 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 Lompré, a small rural town in the commune of Léogane, 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 January’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 Lompré, 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.
La commune de Leogane à l’instar d’autres zones du pays est souvent touchée par des catastrophes naturelles les unes plus dévastatrices que les autres. Tout comme dans l’arrière pays, les constructions de Lompré, petite localité rurale de la commune de Léogane sévèrement touchée par le séisme du 12 janvier 2010, sont particulièrement sommaires et précaires. Elles présentent très peu de caractéristiques pouvant résister à des phénomènes climatiques d’envergure. En effet, dans cette localité, on peut compter sur les doigts d’une main les maisonnettes ayant résisté au tremblement de terre de janvier dernier. Depuis, plusieurs centaines de familles se trouvent en grande difficulté. CORDAID et IDEJEN ont volé à leur secours via un projet de construction de maisons à structure légère. Les jeunes d’IDEJEN sont les piliers de l’exécution de projet.
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