Dominique Bourjolly, 28, was devastated to find herself living out of a makeshift tent with her four children after the earthquake on January 12, 2010 left her home damaged and inhabitable. It was the only home that this single mother had ever known. Months later, Ms. Bourjolly was chosen to participate in Habitat’s shelter improvement program.
“Habitat did a great job in this neighbourhood. Before the repairs started, most of the homes in this area did not have support. Habitat came in and retrofitted them and educated our community on the ways to build back better for the future. Habitat also held training sessions to teach our community about construction and basic household repairs. I received an actual certificate and a tool kit upon completing the training series. It’s just a piece of paper but I felt empowered as I walked away with my certificate!”
“I enjoyed the classes and now I can take care of basic repairs in my own home. Before I had to hire a man to take care of anything like that! Now, I can patch up holes in the wall, fix leaks in my ceiling, and make basic plumbing repairs in my bathroom. I even installed piping in my bathroom to help with ventilation! I’m getting so good that other women in the family who live nearby now call on me to help them out with their own repairs... and that feels great!”