East Texas student returns home to Haiti

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Close to 6 months ago a 7.3 magnitude quake rattled the small island nation of Haiti. The devastation sparked a massive global relief effort, but hit too close to home for one Haitian native and East Texas college student. Marc Norcilus will start his third year at U.T. Tyler, this fall and will soon make the emotional trip home to see the damage for himself.

His homecoming feelings are mixed,"Happy to see your friends, your family, you know, how they are and at the same time, you feel like...sad, deep inside because, you know, people are still suffering from, like, the basic needs."

We first met Marc the day after the quake hit, facebook chatting with family and friends across the country looking for any news from his homeland leveled in a matter of seconds.

"I feel blessed to have the opportunity to go and see exactly what I see on TV." said Marc.

Marc says the images are still fresh in his mind," Some of the houses still remain standing, but they don't sleep inside, they sleep outside because they're afraid something might happen."

Marc says an aunt, two cousins, and two friends were among the more than quarter million killed in the quake, but he's encouraged,"My main concern is to see, like, to see a future Haiti...build a country, provide jobs for those people."

Marc says he'll be traveling with family, first to the capital then about a hundred miles northwest to his hometown, Bombardopolis, where his father is a minister.

Marc says he will also join a group of missionaries at home helping with vacation bible school and continuing the relief efforts. Millions in aid have already been and have yet to be spent.

Marc hopes the Haitian government puts it all to good use,"They have the chance to rebuild the country, but if they don't look at it this way, there is no way to have a Haiti like the way it used to be."

Marc says he's scheduled to leave next Friday for his three week trip. He plans to spend a week in the capital before heading to his home in the countryside.

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