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Earthquake survivor recovers his self-confidence

Jérôme, 55, lost his home and all of his belongings when an earthquake struck Haiti in August 2021. On top of that, he has health issues. Humanity & Inclusion’s teams are providing physical rehabilitation and psychosocial support to help him overcome these challenges.

Jérôme was once a farmer, but he’s now unable to work because of his health issues: he is HIV positive and recently had a stroke that left him partially paralyzed.

Jérôme's stroke could have caused a permanent disability. Fortunately, Humanity & Inclusion’s mobile teams are able to visit his home and provide physical therapy to help him strengthen his muscles and regain mobility. Humanity & Inclusion’s specialists also give him advice and exercises to do between rehabilitation sessions.

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With Humanity & Inclusion's support, Jérôme has made significant progress. He has recovered some mobility in his lower body, can stand on his own and is already taking a few steps. Jérôme hopes to recover the mobility in his upper limbs as quickly as possible so he can return to work. He wants to be independent again.

Jérôme is isolated and lonely. A year after the earthquake, he is still living in a makeshift shelter on a dirt road that is only accessible by foot.  

He has two children, but lacks his family’s support. The mobile teams deployed by Humanity & Inclusion also offer mental health and psychosocial support services to help him cope with his situation.

Teams will continue to visit Jérôme over the coming months until he has recovered both his mobility and his self-esteem.