Here we are struggling to stabilize the situation in the village. For three days we have had no electricity in the village, which also means no water as without our generator we cannot pump from a bore hole to fill the water tower. But more important than our discomfort is that our relief workers are still out in the field, still delivering food to local communities. So at least we are making sure many many children are getting their daily meal. We are also out in the refuge camps, and seeing the situation there again myself today always reminds me how urgent it is to establish safe shelters for lone children.
Since yesterday we have a small medical clinic on site, run by the Dominican Red Cross doctors, on our playing fields. Forty child spaces for sick injured children from around the neighborhood as well as any children in our safe shelter who arrive injured or fall sick.
The spaces for lone children accommodated within our families here are already all taken. We are rushing to put up more tents. Perhaps the space is enough to care for 200-300 children properly but we are preparing the additional facilities which may be needed to host 500. Cramped and safe is better than the alternative.
The radio stations here in Haiti having been playing beautiful, free and strong songs for some days. Singing about a beautiful and free country, which will be strong and healthy forever. It´s to try to give people hope and strength, but it sometimes amidst the rubble it sounds more than a lost dream and a vision. Rebuilding will take years, and many elements working together to “new” build Haiti. It could only work through unprecedented co-operation, if there is an international Masterplan put in place which everyone worked to. It would need a lot of help, not only money, but also know how and consulting in a common approach from local and international partners.