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Marcelin outside his home

'A place where I can sleep and live peacefully'

Marcelin and his family were made homeless after Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti in September 2016. They were living in an old concrete shower block – a tiny space that he had to share with his teenage daughters.

Their accommodation had no windows or doors, and the only furniture was a single bed that the girls slept on.

Marcelin lost his livelihood too and was struggling to support his family. ‘I lost pigs, goats, everything in the house,’ he said.

The changing weather frequently destroyed the food he grew, and his family often went hungry. He couldn’t afford to send all his children to school and was unable to save any money for a new home.

Marcelin has shown incredible resilience in the face of such hardships and was working hard to raise his children alone. He is heartened that his global neighbours have reached out to him and his family in their time of need and is incredibly thankful to everyone who stood with Haiti during Christian Aid Week 2018.

Christian Aid partner KORAL has built Marcelin and his family a house. His new home is the same as the 700 houses we built after the 2010 earthquake – just one of which needed to be repaired after Hurricane Matthew!

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Thank you from Haiti

Watch as Marcelin receives the keys to his secure new home.