Saint Louis Wilner is counting his blessings that his wife and children are alive. He lost family members in the earthquake and also his house and possessions. His wife lost her business and he lost his job as a result of the disaster. It’s been a tough year.
He’s taking his three-year-old daughter, Julie, to school. This is one reassuring glimpse of normality in a time of uncertainty and difficulties.
Dominic Savio nursery in Sibert, Port-au-Prince, collapsed in the earthquake. Caritas Czech Republic along with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate helped rebuild it.
They also provided the children with school uniforms and basic supplies and learning activities.
Mr Wilner has managed to survive on casual work since he lost his job. Caritas Czech helped him with cash-for-work projects and by providing the family with food and essential items as well as a tent to live in.
“It’s difficult living in a tent as everything gets wet during the rainy season. My wife and children are often sick because of the damp. I’m hoping someone will help me rebuild my house,” he said.
One year after the earthquake Mr Wilner is still anguished by what happened.
“I feel worried that another disaster may occur. Especially knowing that experts have said on the radio that more earthquakes may occur in the future in Haiti. This worries me a lot,” he said.