The new neighbors

Meet a few of the 100 families who will be moving into houses this fall

Sophonie Brifil and family
After nearly three years of living in a tent with a dirt floor, Sophonie is anxious to perform the daily household chores that many of us might complain about.

Esta Louis and family
Before the disaster, Esta sold rice and oil in a market about 20 minutes from Santo. Now she has no job. 

 

Jean-Robert Doudoute and family
Jean-Robert lives with his wife, Roméne Joseph, and his daughters in a sweltering tent: “It’s very miserable — not good for living.” 
Junior Cyril and family
Like many of the men living in the Santo community, Junior sometimes works on the Habitat build site, but he often has no work for months at a time.
Dieubon Desir and family
After the 2010 earthquake, business dwindled at the mattress factory where Dieubon had made his living, and he found himself out of job. 
Max Jacques and family
“I do not feel at peace living here, because I did not used to live this way before,” he says. 
Theolin Emmanuel and family
The house the family rented before the earthquake was still standing after the ground stopped shaking, but it had cracked so badly that it was no longer safe to live in. 
Rocher Davidson and family
“I have to change out the tarps every now and then because of the sun and rain,” Rocher says. “It’s a horrible way to live. The hardest part is when it rains.” 
Georges Antoine and family
Since the January 2010 earthquake, Georges and Zephirin have been living in a tent. The conditions are bearable, he says, because now there is an end in sight.  
 
Marie Eunide Colo and family
Before the earthquake, Marie’s husband earned a living as a mason. But he has not been able to find work since.