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Teresa's Story in Her Own Words
"I don't care what happened to my house so long as my children are ok," Teresa said with a child clutched to each of her hips. But she is worried about the future and the growing uncertainty in the region. Luckily her husband is a carpenter and not a fisherman — most boats were destroyed in the storm — but even then there is no guarantee of paid work.
"My kids are little and we have lost our livelihood," she said. "I'm worried I might not be able to feed them, and I pray that they don't get sick. If they do fall ill, medication is expensive and hard to get sometimes. We need reliable access to food and we need financial assistance to rebuild our house," Teresa said.
"My children are trying to adjust to the new environment — that we have no home — but it's difficult for them. "We're living by candlelight and making do, but we need help."
Seven-year-old Eunice grips her mother's leg as she talks, not wanting to leave her side. Eunice misses school and is desperate to get back to class. "She is a very hard working student and had a silver medal at kindergarten," Teresa said proudly. "She had good grades and was one of the top students in her class. But with the school badly damaged classes cannot run. The sooner Eunice and other children can return to school and a more normal life, the better it will be."