|Meeting Marline and the family members who were home at the time of our visit.|
Marline Fils-Aime is married and has eleven children and fourteen grandchildren. Many of them were at her house when we visited. We were not able to meet her husband. He is a fisherman and was out on the water.
It was difficult to pin down the exact number of family members living with Marline. If we understood correctly, a total of eleven people live in the house. ELEVEN! “How do you fit eleven people into a 12’ x 24’ house?” I asked myself. The question answered itself when we toured the house. There was next to nothing inside the house, which left lots of room for sleeping.
|Marline and her family have very little, but they are grateful for what they have.|
In the living room, there was a large bag filled with clothes and perhaps a few blankets. Other than that, all three rooms were essentially bare. There were no beds. There wasn't even a chair in the house.
For this family, they were thankful just to have a safe, dry place to sleep. “Even sleeping on the floor is better than sleeping in the rain and the mud,” they told us.
On behalf of Marline and her family, I want to thank everyone who has supported the Village of Joy. You are changing lives!
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