Haiti 2010 earthquake,
Residents walking in a street in Port-au-Prince after the 2010 earthquake. Photo credit: Frederic Dupoux/ Getty Images

PORT-AU-PRINCE — On rainy days, Viervelie Louis scrambles inside her makeshift home of plywood and metal sheets to gather basins to catch the water that leaks through. Louis’ bed inevitably gets soaked. At times, so does she and her two children.

“I get cold,” said Louis, 62, of those rainy times inside her home in Rue des Collines, Port-au-Prince. “I get body aches, it really hurts. Water flows inside the house like in the streets of Port-au-Prince.”

“It breaks my heart,” Louis continued. “Especially when they say a storm is coming — I have no choice, so I have to resign myself to it [accept].”

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of a 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at larisa@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @larisakarr.