Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of their dignity and lets injustice thrive. But together, this Christian Aid Week (13-19 May), we have the power to transform lives.
How many people could you shelter in your house in a storm? Vilia lost her mum and her home when the earthquake struck Port-au-Prince in 2010. Bereaved and homeless, she went back to her home town with her husband and children. But life was a struggle, and they had nowhere safe to live. Christian Aid partner KORAL built her a new home that was strong enough to stand up to natural disasters.
On the terrifying night when Hurricane Matthew hit, Vilia’s neighbours fled to shelter with her. As the storm raged, she shared her home with more than 50 of her neighbours for several days. Despite the ferocity of the hurricane, which swept away surrounding homes, her house was barely damaged.
Vilia allowed her home to become an emergency shelter when Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti. She is incredibly grateful for the help she’s received but worries about those without a secure home.
Christian Aid know how to make it happen – of the 700 houses built after the 2010 earthquake, just one needed to be repaired after Hurricane Matthew. But they’re relying on the kindness of people like us to be able to do more, and reach more of our global neighbours in their hour of need.
Vilia shares her amazing story of how the house Christian Aid built for her withstood Hurricane Matthew. This Christian Aid week, please help people like Vilia when the envelopes come round.