We saw Marie first. Her roof was leaking and a tarp strung across the ceiling was sagging into a dripping bucket in one corner. She had gotten little sleep the night before due to the storms, but was all smiles and joy when we visited. We left her a new tarp and twine, and she assured us that she would find someone to tie it up for additional reinforcements. We also constructed a little bridge with rocks to span the large puddle between her front door and higher ground. When we gave her fresh water and food she told us that we 'saved her life today' and she is very much looking forward to having a shower at Grace Village on Saturday.
We saw Antonia next. She was clean and comfortable and her roof was sound with no drips. When we asked her if she needed anything, all she asked for was help with the many flies in her home. We will bring insect repellent when we return on Saturday. We stopped at Ecko Depot and a supermarket in search of fly strips but couldn't find any.
Edmond was also dry and his niece was with him. He was hungry and thirsty and happy to receive food and water. His smiles for our team brought tears to my eyes.
With three more days of rain forecasted, please keep these precious elders in your prayers as well as those suffering in tent cities and flood plains.