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Haiti Still Needs Help



    Haiti Still Needs Help
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    PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - FEBRUARY 28: A young resident of the Tapis Vert internally displaced persons camp stacks rocks in an effort to build a foundation for a tent in the mud and sewage after overnight rains soaked the makeshift village Sunday February 28, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Tapis Vert, which means large green lawn in French, is normally used as a football pitch but is now home to some of Haiti's 1.2 million people left homeless by last month's 7.0 earthquake. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Marthe Jean-Pierre of the Haitian Methodist Church in Normal Heights has seven brothers and numerous nieces and nephews in Haiti to whom she speaks every day. While her relatives still have their homes, she said others are not so fortunate.

    "It's terrible. Some have no water, no place to live, no water to drink," said Jean Pierre.

    The latest information shows that some 1.5 million are still homeless or living in tents 6 months after earthquake hit. That's why a group of local Haitians are attempting to raise money for 20 (18ft x 16ft) shelters to be sent to the Carrefour, the epicenter of Haiti's Earthquake on January 12.

    "To say that they live in tents is not even accurate. You take a bed sheet and put it on a clothesline, that's their home," said Pastor Bill Jenkins of the Christ United Methodist Church.

    The church has raised $20,000 of the $38,000 needed to send 20 prefabricated shelters to Carrefour.

    "As soon as we get another 5,000 we'll start to manufacture on faith, we'll move on with the remaining amount of that," Pastor Bill Jenkins of the Chris United Methodist Church.

    19-year-old Nerly Victor, a Haitian born American, recalls being in Port-Au-Prince when the devastating quake hit.

    "I was supposed to leave the next day. So I was already packed and ready to go. I'd already said bye to all my family members, then the earthquake happened and it was just sadness, sorrow and devastation," she said.

    But she was hopeful that this and other small projects would give some Haitians hope that there are better days ahead.

    "I feel like there's more help coming it's not over yet, I feel like this is just the beginning. And by the end of this the country will be better and stronger than before," said Victor.