BC: Haiti: A Beautiful Disaster
FC: Haiti: The Country with Hidden Beauty
1: The land that is Haiti is mostly Mountainous which makes it hard to grow crops. Most people that live in these areas cherish the land that they have and use it for multiple things that are needed for them to live.
2: This is the typical life of a Haitian male. They do farm work and they sell these fruits or vegetables to vendors or they sell the food themselves at the marketplace.
3: This is a house that a normal Haitian family lives in. This is normally made with clay and sheet metal for the roof.
4: These are the children I played soccer with. We had tons of fun even though everyone was going through a rough time
5: There is always a bad side to a country...
7: Chronic malnutrition affects 24 percent of children under five, rising as high as 40 percent in the poorest zones.
9: Around 60% of the population is below the poverty line of 1 US dollar a day
10: While people were attempting to help this poor women I had to stand back because of the diseases she had. Everyone had to wear a mask.
11: This family is homeless and can barely afford any food or water. Along with that the mother is infected with AIDS. These children will not be able to survive without there mother.
12: Dear Mom & Dad, Haiti seems to have its similarities and differences to the U.S. Although there is a lot of homelessness because of the earthquake but the people here are happy to still have there families and friends. I enjoy helping the little kids because they like to run around and play sports just like I do. If keeping these kids running around means they are happy ill do whatever it takes to make sure they are happy. There are a couple things that I am scared of here in Haiti. One thing is that there are not really any “safe” areas in any part of Haiti. The crime rate is so high because people lost everything they had during the earthquake. Another thing that really scares me is the cholera outbreak, it is said that for everyday that passes by around 50 haitians die from the water-born disease. The water is not sanitary at all in fact most of the water in this country is infested with bacteria and viruses. -Ryan
13: Dear Mom & Dad, Hey guys how are you doing? It has been a little rough down here because one of the children I play soccer with almost everyday got sick with cholera. It really sucks to watch him suffer. The people that are suppose to take care of him are not doing a very good job so I try and do whatever I can to help him through this rough time he is experiencing. The child’s family is mourning because their son has a possibility of not making it because of the poor conditions he is in. Other than that things down here have been pretty good. People treat me very nicely. I just wanted to let you know that everything is well. -Ryan
14: Dear Mom & Dad, Hey Mom and Dad. I am spending my last couple days here in Haiti. I believe the people that I was spending most of my time here are going to be okay. Do you remember the child that was sick with Cholera? Well guess what, he made it and is okay. He came home the other day and was right back outside playing soccer with the other guys. It seems like his life is soccer. I believe if he followed his dreams he could accomplish amazing feats. Well I feel as though these people will continue to suffer but they seem to have everything they need to be happy. All they need is family and they will be happy so I am glad they will be happy for the time they have together. -Ryan
15: Fishing. 2008. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 2 Dec 2010. A man uses a net to catch fish in the ocean just outside of Port-au-Prince during a major food shortage, compounding the poverty that characterizes most Haitians' lives already. As you can see he has not caught much of anything. It looks like he actually has not caught anything at all but there is a couple fish in his net. Charcoal Vendors. 2008. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 2 Dec 2010. These vendors sell charcoal on the street to passersby. Formal employment remains a luxury many Haitians are not able to attain. This women sitting down is trying to make a living by selling some charcoal. This is obviously not going so well because of the huge pile of charcoal sitting on her tarp.
16: Bus Employee. 2003. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 2 Dec 2010. This man, sitting atop a bus traveling from Jérémie to Port-au-Prince, makes his living by helping bus passengers with their luggage. This guy seems to be very depressed about his job. He lives off of a very small pay moving people’s luggage from the bus to wherever they are going. This is very laborious work. Struggling with HIV. 2005. Photograph. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 2 Dec 2010.
17: This 35-year-old mother stands with her daughters. Her husband died of AIDS three months earlier and she too carries the HIV virus. The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in addition to diseases such as malaria, hepatitis, dengue fever, and others coupled with few medical resources keep life expectancy low in Haiti.