Marcel lives with his 5-year-old son Maxo and older sister, Suzette, in Chantal. It’s a very rural community, about an hour’s drive from Les Cayes in the south of Haiti.
Marcel was working in a plantain field and feeding his bulls when the earthquake hit. His sister had run out of the house as soon as she felt the ground shaking. The quake left Marcel feeling frightened, weak and powerless. Luckily, his son wasn’t home at the time, and his sister was also uninjured.
Before the earthquake struck, Marcel’s home had three bedrooms, a living area and a foyer, along with an outdoor kitchen. While the earthquake left the main structure of the house intact, it destroyed the walls within his home. Luckily, he was able to salvage his bed and a few other personal items – including a photograph of great sentimental value to him.
After the earthquake, Marcel built a makeshift wooden tent next to his home where the three of them slept for about two weeks. The tent kept them from getting wet when storm Grace hit.