Now that we have power back I have been trying to catch up with friends and those who have sent messages. I am pleased to say that I and my family are all okay but unfortunately we have people we know who have not made it.
March 1st should have been an exciting day for us. After two years of hard work we were due to open our first early learning centre but it stands empty as we have a National State of Emergency. Our city was hit with a shallow 6.3 magnitude earthquake on February 22, which brought the city to its knees. It was a disaster beyond comprehension that has left hundreds missing, scores dead, and ruined countless lives. Hopes of finding people still alive have faded. Our central city is damaged beyond repair. So many lives, so much loss, the sorrow is almost too much to bear. But we are the lucky ones. We can build our city, our homes, and our lives again.