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    in my own diary.  But this story from Haiti is truly moving and PIH still has matching funds available. And Dallasdoc and sardonyx are matching matching funds.  
    This story from Haiti is truly touching:


    Sunday morning started with a visit to Roche Pab 2, a community of 150 families without clean water. Since the quake, they have taken in 300 additional Haitians from Port-au-Prince. There, we met Mirline and her two young children, who fled Port-au-Prince after their house crumbled and the factory where she worked was destroyed. They spent three days sleeping in the street before hitching a ride to Roche Pab 2. They left Port-au-Prince for her mother’s home, where there are no jobs, schools or clean water.

    Mirline’s story is echoed throughout the country, wherever Haitians are rushing to help each other. Later in the afternoon we met Luc, a proud father of eight in a village called Simon, where his family drinks from a contaminated pool of water along with 350 other families. When asked how the earthquake has affected him, he surprised us by stating that he donated his savings of 25 Haitian gourdes ($3.50 USD) to help survivors. “They are our brothers and sisters,” he said. “And they would support us if we were in that situation.”

    In a country where one-third of all Haitians lacked clean water before the quake, Luc has shown us what it means to be a neighbor.

    - Amanda Schwartz, PIH grants development associate
     Becky Straw, charity: water projects director
     Photographs by Esther Havens

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