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Many earthquake victims rely on family for shelter

  |   Earthquake Response

Project Medishare volunteer and Occupational Therapist, Delia Rivero, works with a translator to tell Sifila Joseph how often she must see a doctor to change the dressing on her bandages. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

By Jennifer Browning

Bandages cover the head wound caused by falling concrete during the earthquake, and Sifila Joseph’s arm is set in a splint. Her brother, Jean Wiley, watches as doctors give his sister one last checkup before deciding whether she can go home. They determine that as long as her brother promises to make sure her bandages are changed regularly, Safila may go home.

Today, home is a different place than it was two weeks ago. Sifila’s house now represents a pile of rocks, rubble–broken concrete. But she is luckier than many of the patients who come to the Project Medishare/UM Global Institute Hospital, she can go home to her brother’s house and live with his family.

While Sifila’s brother lives near her old neighborhood, many earthquake victims are moving out of the city to reside with families whose homes weren’t damaged.

Today Salvation Army donated 50 Coleman tents to the Project Medishare/UM Global Institute hospital to provide shelter for those who lost their home in the quake.

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