Marcelin still hasn’t recovered from Hurricane Matthew, which hit Haiti in September 2016, destroying his home, possessions and livestock.
‘I lost pigs, goats, everything in the house. I have nothing left,’ he says.
He now lives in an old concrete shower block, a tiny space he shares with his teenage daughters. There are no windows or doors, and the only furniture is a single bed that the girls sleep on. ‘If another hurricane came through we would just die,’ he says.’
Marcelin has fought hard to raise his children alone but can no longer afford to send them all to school. He gets up at dawn each day to work the land, but the changing weather frequently destroys the food he grows and the family often go hungry.
Marcelin fears his daughters’ hunger could lead them to be exploited by predatory men in exchange for food.
Christian Aid’s local partner in Haiti is helping people prepare for disasters. Ahead of Hurricane Matthew, we warned communities, helping evacuate around 5,000 families, potentially saving many lives. We then gave out much-needed shelter kits, hygiene kits, food, seeds and cash transfers.
We’re also building disaster-resistant homes to give people safe, secure places to live. Of the dozens of new houses we built before the hurricane hit, only one lost its roof in the disaster.
But there are still lots of people like Marcelin we haven’t yet reached, and we need your help.
Could you donate to help people like Marcelin? A gift from you could help families like Marcelin’s to thrive.
From 14 – 20 May, during Christian Aid week, churches in Britain will come together to pray, campaign and raise money to improve the lives of people like Marcelin. In Bowdon, our team of house to house collectors aims to visit every home in the parish. The money we raise for Christian Aid benefits people of every faith, it is our Christian response to the needs of the world. Our actions this Christian Aid week could help change the life of our global neighbours like Marcelin and his family.
Please respond generously to Christian Aid week, by volunteering to help us collect or by giving generously.
In 2016 during Christian Aid week in Bowdon we raised £6153 (£7044 including gift aid), and in 2017 we raised £6379 (£7318 including gift aid). In 2018 as well as the house to house collection we will be hosting a Big Breakfast to support Christian Aid at St. Luke’s church on Friday May 18th. Please respond generously to Christian Aid week, by volunteering to help us collect and/or by giving generously; or just come along to the Big Breakfast on May 18th. Our target in Bowdon in 2018 is to raise at least £6750.
£25 could buy a hygiene kit to prevent disease after a disaster
£50 could buy basic building tools to help people build secure homes
£210 could pay for two days construction training for a local builder in Haiti to help build people secure homes.
Kate Stross – Parish Co’ordinator – Christian Aid