The Clerger family lived in a house in the area of Carrefour, Port au Prince. The parents Nelvis (55), his wife Elvire (45) and their seven children. Nelvis is a construction worker and build his house with his own hands in the last 21 years.The earthquake destroyed everything and took the life of their daughter Neemi (8).
They live in a shack next to their house, with the children and the neighbors. Elvire got injured and is at the MSF (Doctors without Borders) hospital. They haven’t received food or other help so far. They don’t want to move to a camp, because they want to guard their property and they are scared of the violence and the many rape cases that occur.
Their sons Emmanuel and Elize are in the province staying with a pastor, because the parents are not able to take care of everyone. June 2010. Nelvis Clerger and his two sons Nesly (22) and Jeff (17) have build a tent on the leftovers of their former home. The rubble they have carried out on the street to force someone to clear it, which hasn’t happened so far. Elvire, Nesly’s wife has left for the countryside with her other four children to stay with her mother. They live outside Jeremie, 11 hours by bus and a 1 ½ hour hike up the mountain.
The children are not attending school, because they missed the semester. There is no work, but at least they can eat of the land. Life remains very difficult for the family. Nelvis has received food twice, but that was the only help he has had. He has no work and no money to pay the tuition fee so his sons can study. The family is praying to be re-united again, but as long there is no help and work this seems to be not feasible.