CHRISTIAN AID WEEK (13-19 May) Christian Aid is inviting people to come together to support displaced people in Haiti who regularly experience some of the worst natural disasters on earth.
In Haiti, repeated natural disasters have resulted in thousands of people being forced to flee their homes, often not able to return.
People like Vilia, who was left homeless by the devastating earthquake in 2010. As she walked the streets following the disaster looking for her mother, she no longer recognised her home or neighbourhood, as she was surrounded by destruction and crumbling houses.
Vilia never found her mother. For Vilia, her husband and their seven children, life became a struggle, and as their home was destroyed they didn’t have a safe place to sleep for a long time. In the aftermath of the earthquake, Christian Aid’s partner organisation KORAL reached out to Vilia and built the family a new home, that was safe, stable and strong enough to stand up to natural disasters.
Ahead of Hurricane Matthew in 2016, KORAL warned communities of the risks of the hurricane and helped to evacuate around 5,000 families from areas of concern - saving many lives. Vilia was able to help 54 people who had been evacuated by providing them with shelter in her home for several days during the storm.
After the hurricane, Christian Aid and KORAL distributed emergency shelter kits, hygiene kits and seeds to those in need, and have continued to build more disaster-resistant homes to ensure more people have safe, secure places to live in the future. This Christian Aid Week we are raising money to help support projects like KORAL’s which will help to build more houses for families like Vilia’s. For more information please visit www.caweek.ie