'The people who are giving us work are giving us back our hope'

'The people who are giving us work are giving us back our hope'
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- It's sad to see it first hand.

Rubble is everywhere. People are living in tent cities in the middle of streets. And children are not in class because their schools collapsed.

But despite the loss of more than 200,000 people in a Jan. 12 earthquake that also left more than one million people homeless, Haitians remain a proud, positive and powerful people.

"Life goes on," says Ferdinand Frentz, with Seattle-based World Concern. "Sure there has been an earthquake that destroyed almost the country, but life goes on. You must want to live."

And your donations are helping them live.

KOMO viewers gave nearly $40,000 to the Problem Solvers and World Concern.

I traveled here to show you how that money is helping Haitians get back on their feet.

The charity has given Louis Key Meynell - and hundreds of others - daily pay for shoveling debris.

It's only $5 a day, much less than Mia Marlene Pierre used to earn washing clothes and cooking food for kids at school.

But at least it's something. Most of those old jobs are gone.

The house where Mia Marlene washed clothes collapsed, and so did the school.

Where they once had walls as their homes, they now have nothing more than tents and tarps here in Port Au Prince, but the rebuilding process is continuing.

It's hard, physical labor, but Mia Marlene said she is grateful, as she has four children to feed.

But that $5 a day has to be stretched. One baguette sandwich in Port au Prince cost me $3.

It's the same $5 wage paid to carpenters. World Concern hopes to fix 100 houses each week.

And where homes can't be fixed, they're building new ones.

Joseph Gerbere showed me what's left of the house he lived in with his mom, three brothers and sister. Without a home or money, the family split up.

But thanks to your donations Joseph now has a roof over his head.

"My house," he says proudly after turning the key in the door lock.

The quake crumbled more than just homes -- it wiped out Haitians' livelihoods.

Most Haitians are self employed street vendors.

I watched the smiles and grins grow on dozens of faces as the director of World Concern Haiti handed out grants for people to get their businesses going again.

One by one they signed for a better future.

"Right after the quake we were panicking -- very panicked," said Marie Jose Madere. "And now everything's trying to be okay. We'll see what happens."

Marie Jose Madere and her husband each got a grant. One for her to start cooking again and one for him to buy tools to start working as a mechanic again.

"We just help them to live after January 12," Frentz said.

The Haitians I met told me over and over they're not just working for their families, but for their country.

And your donations help them.

"If you work you have hope and if you're not working, you don't have hope," said Alexander French, a Haitian carpenter. "The people who are giving us work are giving us back our hope."