Victoria Jean-Louis is Concern’s Programmes Director in Haiti. She leads a team and together, they implement our programmes across the country.
It is difficult and complex work, and can be overwhelming. However, Victoria says: “I've learned to hold on to the things that are within our control and trust that the cumulative impact of all the work we do has the capacity to transform people’s lives.”
However, in Haiti disasters are often unpredictable.
On 14 August 2021, a devastating earthquake of 7.2 magnitude struck Haiti. It left over 2,200 dead, 12,000 injured and over 650,000 people in need of humanitarian aid. In the immediate aftermath, we ramped up our aid distribution operations to reach those left homeless, providing shelter kits, blankets and hygiene kits. Victoria and her team also had a wider role in the response, coordinating and working collaboratively with other organisations to gather data and analyse needs, and provided technical support.