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Madison woman is back in Haiti on quake anniversary

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (WKOW)-- We were truly amazed to learn how many connections there were already between Wisconsin and Haiti before the earthquake.

A Madison woman started Health Ministries for Haiti.

Jennifer Weitzel Blahnik, a nurse with public health of Dane County, was in Port-au-Prince when the earthquake hit.

She is back in Port-au-Prince on the one year anniversary of the quake.

27 News talked with her over the phone.

Weitzel Blahnik said it felt renewing to be there and that when she woke up this morning the first thing she heard was singing.

"The people here are doing everything in their physical, spiritual, emotional power to regain their lives," said Jennifer. "The amount of work, dedication, faith, and hopefulness that you see one year later despite the conditions is phenomenal and they are deserving and in desperate need of continued support. Progress has been painfully slow, but there is progress and people are committed to rebuilding their lives better than before."

Weitzel Blahnik says that the living conditions have gotten worse and are the most pressing need because the conditions they are treating are directly related to the overcrowding and unsanitary conditions.

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