A new mantra for Haiti: feeding minds.
Rural areas of Haiti have been consistently neglected over the years, driving people into crowded Port-au-Prince to seek basic services such as schools. As the country begins to rebuild itself following the January earthquake, investments in these rural areas will be critical.
For the people of Saint Michel, it has been a long four months since the January earthquake destroyed so much of Haiti’s capital. Now the chance had come to forget—just for one day—all the sorrow and hardship.
Any patch of empty earth is also a place a displaced family could pitch a tent, pitting the critical need for protecting public health against the equal imperative of shelter.
In Haiti, people are trying hard to move on. But questions still hang in the air: When will the real reconstruction start? When will new houses go up? When will the city begin to rebuild itself?
The wind picked up. The trees bent against the blow. And lightning tore open the sky, sending waves of thunder crashing into the makeshift camps across the city.
A group of young leaders helped the people in one of Port-au-Prince's spontaneous camps get some of the assistance they needed in the days after a massive earthquake destroyed much of their city.
The race is on to beat the rain and provide displaced people with the shelter and sanitation services they desperately need following the January earthquake that destroyed much of Port-au-Prince.
Like lots of kids in Port-au-Prince, Katty Rebecca Matin would like nothing more than to have school open again.