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In Pictures - Hurricane Matthew: water and sanitation, hygiene and cholera prevention

Claude Mavilliens (70) is a plumber. The NeRC has mobilized the local community to help rebuild their water supply and so he is an essential part of the reconstruction team. The mane water supply tanks were filled with gravel and sand during Hurricane Matthew. To reach the community it takes over an hour by foot from Coteaux. Claude is a remarkably strong and resilient man. He is asked to help with many things, as his knowledge is very valuable, meanwhile his own sorrow seems overwhelming. Pictured here, he is standing in front of his house that was fully destroyed during the hurricane. All left standing is the shell of their bed. He is a gentle man who radiates kindness and admirable resilience. NeRC WASH delegate Iker Yuguero "His strength is incredible. He doesn't complain. He feels like his duty is with the community". Claude stands silently on the ruins of his dwelling without wanting to comment. All he does is raise his hands and sighs a heavy sigh. (Coteaux, Haiti / 28.10.2016 / Photo by Maria Santto)

 

Elicene Cadet, a resident of hard to reach community of Tiburon, located on the western tip of Haiti, in between Sud and Grand Anse. The community of fishermen was hit hard by the Hurricane Matthew. Elicine Cadet doesn't know his age, lives alone, has no children or wife. His boat was unharmed during the hurricane but he lost his house and his hand was severely damaged by a sharp object cutting a deep wound into his palm. The community is very hard to reach, as roads are bad, and the fear of landslides and post hurricane conditions on the road affect the arrival of aid. Like in so many other communities that were hit hard by the hurricane, Elicene now lives with his friend and neighbour. People come together to take care of each other. In Tiburon on the 27 of October, 130 hygiene kits with cholera prevention items were distributed to people such as Mr. Cadet. "So far, we do no have cholera cases here, which is why the prevention is extremely important" says Pierre Jean Richard, the local Haiti Red Cross coordinator. (Tiburon, Haiti / 27.10.2016  /  Photo by Maria Santto)

 

Training of 22 hygiene volunteers in the community of Coteaux, southwestern coast of Haiti. "We want to enhance the capability of the volunteers in the subject of hygiene and cholera. The main goal is to reinforce the capacity of these volunteers. They have a two day training and they go off to the field to start the work pretty much immediately" says coordinator Esaie Eugéne.  (Coteaux, Haiti / 28.10.2016 / Photo by Maria Santto)

 

Esaie Eugéne has been working with the Haitian Red Cross since 2010. He started immediately after the earthquake. He is the coordinator of resilience and cholera prevention programs in Coteaux. He organized a training for 22 volunteers on the subject of cholera and diarrhea related diseases. "We want to enhance the capability of the volunteers in the subject of hygiene and cholera. The main goal is to reinforce the capacity of these volunteers. They have a two day training and they go off to the field to start the work pretty much immediately". (Coteaux, Haiti / 28.10.2016 /Photo by Maria Santto)


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