Meet the Guillaume Family

With four young kids, dirt floors, and barely-there walls, it is difficult for Yphonise to keep her family healthy. She told us how both she and her children have been getting ill. “The house leaks, the wood is rotting. I do not feel safe.”

Shortly before a devastating earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, Yphonise optimistically moved to the seaside town of Bercy. “I wanted to be closer to my family”, she said. The home she moved into would be destroyed soon thereafter, along with almost every other home in her new community. To aid in short-term suffering, NGOs came to her town to distribute tarp tents. These tents were intended to last for a few weeks or months but temporary tent settlements have now turned into nightmarish slum villages in various parts of Haiti. Families like Yphonise’s have been living like this for nearly 7 years.

They live on dirt floors with rotting wood tacked together for walls. The wood planks have big gaps between them so Yphonise’s children are left vulnerable to theft and much worse. When it rains, the family gets drenched and floors turn to mud which attracts insects. The tent slum does not offer sanitation services or ready access to clean water.

New Story is building a community that can meet the needs of this family and hundreds of others. Imagine disaster-resilient homes as far as the eye can see where families own their homes and their land so that they can build upon for future generations. For Yphonise’s family, this home means health and safety.