I was in university in the Dominican Republic when the earthquake happened. My dad died during the earthquake. I was so sad and nervous. I was worried about my family. I was trying to come to Haiti but it wasn’t possible because of university. But all the while I was thinking, “Haiti needs me. Haiti needs help. I have to come back to Haiti”. So when I finished university, I came back. When I saw that Port-au-Prince was destroyed, I was shocked. It was so sad.
St. Boniface helped a lot after the earthquake. Oh my God, I don’t have the words for what has been done here. Ours was the only center that received spinal cord injury patients in the country. After the earthquake, a person with a spinal cord injury was expected to live no more than three years. But we provide care to our patients even after they leave the hospital. We teach them how to be independent. We follow our patients. We have a lot of patients who are doing well and it’s been ten years. Haiti has changed since the earthquake. It’s become a better place for people with disabilities. There’s more representation and there is more accessibility for people with disabilities.