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Jean Jean's story

Charleton Richardson, Jean Jean as he is known here, has lived in Port-au-Prince his whole life. He has been with Concern since they first started work in St Martin more than 15 years ago.

Charleton is a facilitator in Concern’s peace building project and is heavily involved in social and cultural activities in the area.

I was facilitating a meeting...It was such a dynamic meeting and everyone was so involved that I didn’t even notice I was shaking for the first few seconds. I thought it was a truck. Then when the floor started moving we got very scared and ran outside.

I grew up in this area and it was the first time in my life that I couldn’t find my way home. I lost all senses. It was a scary feeling. When I looked around and saw what had happened it was a very sad moment, a very deep moment.

Helping others

Since the earthquake struck, Charleton has been working tirelessly trying to help as many people as he can.

I am on my feet so I must help those who are not. God gave me life and strength. I stay strong for those weaker than me now.

Improvement

The area of St Martin was improving prior to the earthquake, through Concern’s peace-building project. Strong links have been established between the community and local private sector. Charleton assures me the links are still strong

The private sector were on site two days after the earthquake, planning and getting supplies in. They have been working together with Concern and assisting in the emergency relief. This is something that would never have happened a few years ago.

Moving forward

The road to recovery in Haiti is not going to be easy but Haitians are committed to seeing a future.

It is my responsibility to help as many people out of the rubble but I can’t do it alone, Haiti cannot do this alone. We want to move on from this but we cannot do it without the international assistance.

Charleton is a believer that Haiti can move forward, so is Concern.