Elias and Louis's Story
Beauty from Ashes: a New Home
Much of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, was reduced to dust in 2010 after a powerful earthquake crumbled its fragile cinder block structures. The city became a massive concrete grave for 230,000 people.
World Concern has worked in Haiti for more than 30 years, enabling us to respond immediately, aiding more than 100,000 people after the quake. Over the past several years, we have helped thousands of others rebuild their lives from nothing.
The concrete floor is swept clean and the bed is neatly made in the home of Elias and Louis, a precious couple in their late fifties—both retired teachers—who welcomed us in, offered us a seat on the bed. A thin curtain separates the two shelters that were built together by World Concern so that the family of 12 could all live together. Their home is one of more than 3,000 World Concern built or repaired after the earthquake.
Louis rested her hand on her husband’s to try and still his trembling caused by Parkinson’s disease. Elias got tears in his eyes as he talked about their life, their losses, and the blessing their home has been.
“It is a gift from God,” he said. “After the earthquake, first God saved us, then World Concern helped us.”
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