The lava and earthquakes caused by the volcano eruption have destroyed or damaged many schools in the area, making them unsafe. The population, the government, and NGOs like AVSI are still working to ensure the community can recover and start again.
“I can’t go to the market,” says Jean Luc’s mother. “The school is no longer there, and I can’t leave my children alone, it’s too dangerous, and my husband works and is away during the day.”
Thanks to many generous donations, AVSI reunited families, distributed food, and water, offered psychological support and managed to ensure schools’ safety. AVSI is currently working in 7 schools in need of rehabilitation and construction: in two of them, Jean Luc and his sisters, ages 6, 9, and 11, are students.
Responding to the emergency wasn’t easy, and it still isn’t even though the lava has dried up, the gases have shut off, and the earthquakes have stopped.
Stories like Jean Luc’s, though, are what keep us moving and working.