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Published: September 4th 2010
August saw Murray back in Haiti to check up on the progress of the relief and reconstruction projects.
“We walk down the long winding slopes of Tom Gato in Leogane town in Haiti. On the way down the steep ridges, there is a clear picture of the effects of the January 12th earthquake. Landslides in the area caused devastation with many schools, homesteads, and buildings being destroyed. After a 30 minute walk we arrive at Darlouse house, a 23 year old mother of two children. The Darlouse family agreed to host one of the 100 child health clubs we started after the earthquake. During an interview Darlouse, shares her views on the importance of the child health clubs for her community “After the earthquake, many children were traumatised, many of them were afraid because a lot was destroyed, my family thought of how best we could help our community. We do not have much, but we thought it would be good to assist by donating the space for children to come learn and play twice a week’. The clubs offer psychosocial support through various recreational activities, as well as useful information on disaster risk reduction-hurricanes and earthquakes- and hygiene promotion.
We are also involved with water supply projects, transitional school and household shelter reconstruction projects.” (Murray)
On the way home Murray spent a night in Paris and had a chance to see the sights.
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