In Dame Marie in Haiti, damaged roofs meet qualified “bosses” – Haiti

In Grande Anse, the (International Organization for Migration (IOM) project funded by the Directorate General of Civil Protection and European Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is helping to repair roofs damaged by Hurricane Matthew as well as train carpenters in para-cyclonic construction techniques. We met Renaud while he was repairing the house of Illusse in Dame Marie.

Dame Marie, in the Grande Anse Department in Haiti, June 13, 2017, Renaud works on a roof. Concentrated and with a cap on his head, he hammers the metal sheet. Illusse, 55, seller, mother of 8 children and grandmother of 4 grandchildren, smiles. In 4 days, the roof of her house will be new. Eight months ago when Hurricane Matthew[1] hit the town of Dame Marie, Illusse’s house was badly damaged.

Lesly Noel, 12, one of Illusse’s grandsons remembers “_A tree fell on the house. We were inside when this happened. The roof was destroyed. We were very scared. The wind was blowing strongly. The rain was pouring. After the hurricane, we took refuge at the local high school. __We stayed there for a month before returning here. _”

Illusse received one of the 819[2] roof repair kits [3] distributed to date. “IOM has given me sheets, wood, nails and binding wires for the repair of my roof.

This project, co-financed by the Directorate General of Civil Protection and European Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), will enable IOM and its partners to repair 1,800 houses in the Communes of Dame Marie, Chambellan and Moron in the Department of Grande Anse, one of the areas most affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The beneficiary families were chosen on the basis of high vulnerability criteria (roof of the house destroyed between 75% and 100%, in a very precarious situation: single-parent family, pregnant women, handicap situation, etc.).

Renaud, the “boss” carpenter who…

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