Houses of Visually Impaired

A girl sits in front of her damaged house in Manabi.

Last monday I got a phone call from the lady who runs Fundcion Oswaldo Loor asking me if I could go and help document the state of repair of the houses of visually impaired people in Manabi.

I had my own issues I was dealing with, but, I try to never say no to this lady. She is always doing so much for others.

Over the course of 3 days we visited 20+ houses and took a look at the damage they had sustained.

As well as viewing the houses, we were also delivering food and water.

Very few houses where un-damaged.

Some Houses are no longer habitable.

 

The X on the wall means it is unsafe and will be pulled down.

The X on the wall means it is unsafe and will be pulled down.

Notice saying the building is unsafe.

Notice saying the building is unsafe.

Other Houses need walls repaired or replaced

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Wall repairs needed after the April 16 Earthquake in Manabi Ecuador.

Wall repairs needed after the April 16 Earthquake in Manabi Ecuador.

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Some  houses need to be reset onto their supports or foundations

House has shifted off of its supports during April 16 earthquake in Ecuador.

House has shifted off of its supports during April 16 earthquake in Ecuador.

Support post shifted in April 16th earthquake in Ecuador

Support post shifted in April 16th earthquake in Ecuador

There is damage to floors and ceilings

Ceiling repairs needed after the April 16 Earthquake in Manabi Ecuador.

Ceiling repairs needed after the April 16 Earthquake in Manabi Ecuador.

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A new Induction cooker damaged by the earthquake. The government had a program to help people to buy these to save gas, but many of them are now broken.

A new Induction cooker damaged by the earthquake. The government had a program to help people to buy these to save gas, but many of them are now broken.

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The triangle means the house is repairable, if the family can afford it.

The part that made this assignment the most difficult one for me was the people.  Most of these people do not have much, and then to lose what little they have is heartbreaking.

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A worker from FOLM visits the house of a visually impaired person in Manabi

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A worker delivers aid and visits a visually impaired person in Manabi.

Wall repairs needed after the April 16 Earthquake in Manabi Ecuador.

Wall repairs needed after the April 16 Earthquake in Manabi Ecuador.

Father carries his blind daughter away from their damaged house in Manabi.

Father carries his blind daughter away from their damaged house in Manabi.

Blind girl lives in a camp in a park, because her house is not safe.

Blind girl lives in a camp in a park, because her house is not safe.

Wall repairs needed after the April 16 Earthquake in Manabi Ecuador.

Wall repairs needed after the April 16 Earthquake in Manabi Ecuador.

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Food supply for a family in a house in Manabi

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People can not afford to replace things when they break, so they reuse and do what they can.

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I am not sure where or how Yolanda will find the money help these people, but they are some of the many people who do need help.

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