(MCC photo/Paul Shetler Fast)

Sarditren Dete and Antovan Enit, residents of Voudray community of Cite Soleil, stand where their houses were washed away by Hurricane Matthew.

The story of the catastrophe that is Hurricane Mathew is still unfolding on a large scale, but on a personal level, in each neighbourhood, Haitians tell stories of tragedy and loss. 

This afternoon, MCC staff visited the Voudray neighborhood of Cite Soleil, one of the largest slums in Port-au-Prince. Sitting right at sea level, this vulnerable neighborhood suffered the effects of high winds, rain and a storm surge, where most people were already struggling to get by day-to-day.

Sarditren Dete and Antovan Enit, residents of Voudray community of Cite Soleil, (pictured above) are homeowners whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. The rain and the rising River Gris washed away their houses, possessions, livestock, and gardens, taking with them their livelihoods.

"Yesterday we lost everything: our chickens, our pig and our garden. This is how I eat. This is how I feed my children. This is how I keep them safe at night."

- Sarditren Dete

 “Yesterday we lost everything: our chickens, our pig, and our garden. This is how I eat, this is how I feed my children, this is how I keep them safe at night,” said Sarditren Dete (pictured right).

MCC staff visited the community of Cite Soleil, and through a local partner, SAKALA, provided support through emergency relief kits, blankets, food, and water purification tablets.

Water purification tablets are essential in the wake of the storm.(MCC photo/Paul Shetler Fast)

“We know that these first supplies are a stop-gap, and in no way address the long-term challenges that this community and others in Haiti are facing right now,” said Rebecca Shetler Fast, an MCC Haiti representative. “But it is important to us to be present in these communities right away, to bear witness to the effects of the hurricane and to provide what immediate assistance we can, right away.”

Paul Shetler Fast, also an MCC Haiti representative, said one of the things that impressed him about this distribution was handing water purification tablets to Hudson Reny-Jean.

Hudson Reny-Jean said the water purification tablets were a blessing.(MCC photo/Paul Shetler Fast)

“He held these 3-cent tablets in his hand and just kept repeating, ‘These are such a blessing, these are such a blessing for our community,’ as he pointed to the now contaminated community wells.” 

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