Delinos Baptiste’s home was not damaged in the quake, but he was afraid to continue to live there. This elderly man moved to the camp with an injured foot and no money for a doctor, so navigating in the camp was difficult. He relied on the sporadic support of other camp residents for his basic necessities. The distribution by Mercy Corps of life-saving items such as soap, water purification tablets, salt rehydration tablets, clean water buckets, and redeemable clean water vouchers means Delinos will not have to rely on others to care for him.
It is difficult for anyone without a first-hand perspective to comprehend the enormous recovery task facing governmental and humanitarian organizations struggling to deal with the catastrophe. Nearly half of the Haitian population had access to clean water and adequate sanitation facilities before the earthquake struck. The natural disaster in Port Au Prince has pushed area residents to the brink of survival.