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Living Cite Soleil – L’Athlétique d’Haïti Soccer Families

Bridge over river of sewage leads to Cite Soleil, Haiti A river of sewage demarcates Cite Soliel from vacant land to its north; symbolic of the regard Haiti’s elites have for the people on the other side. Ostracized, isolated, and crime ridden, the area has been left to fend for itself. Part of Port Au Prince, Cite Soleil has a reputation of being the worst slum in the western hemisphere. Enter Boby Duval. Through his youth development program,  L’Athlétique d’Haïti, Duval has brought hope to thousands of families, children and elderly in Cite Soleil.  Since 1995, L’Athlétique d’Haïti has grown to provide sports training, nutrition, and medical and educational assistance to more than 2,000 children daily. For the majority of them the meal given at L’Athlétique d’Haïti is the only meal they’ll eat that day. Continue reading »

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3 Years after the Earthquake – A Story of Survival

A mother tells how she and her son survived the earthquake in Haiti, 3 years ago today.  The following are her words describing what happened. The photo is of her son.

“My son was playing with his friends downstairs
when the house started shaking.

I was on the second floor taking a shower.  Then I was outside.  When I went to look for him I couldn’t find him.  That was at 4:00 pm.  We kept looking for him.  It started getting dark.  It was nine o’clock when we found him.

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Haiti Mobile Health Care Clinic

An open stairway climbs the outside back wall of a church in the village of Lorie, in rural northern Haiti. It leads to a low abutting roof, a gap in mason covered wood slats, and a view into the church.

The photograph below looks in from behind the pulpit, and across the nave and pews. The furthest point is the front door. The day before people filled the sanctuary to pray. This day the area has been transformed into a medical clinic.

Over the past 8 years, the Haitian Caribbean American Organization of Texas (HACAOT) has brought a team of doctors and medical professionals to Haiti every November, to run a mobile health clinic and treat the medically disenfranchised. They stay in a house in the northern city of Cap Haitian.  Each morning they leave at dawn, travel to an area in need, and set up a full functioning healthcare clinic. They work non-stop until dusk, pack up, go home, and do it over again the next morning.  Typically, 250-300 patients are seen each day.

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Mercy Corps – Healing the Land, Healing the People

You are my brother and I am your brother, fellow man.
Whatever desire comes from your mouth, I will grant,
just as you will grant the desire that comes from my mouth.
– Inscription on clay tablet letter sent by King of Eble to King of Hamazi, late 3rd millennium BC

The town of Petit Bois is located in the upper reaches of a deforested valley, two and half miles long and a mile and a half wide. In the broader landscape, it’s but a wrinkle, part of a tangled mix of ridges and ravines – a small piece of the west-northwest trending mountains reaching from Port Au Prince to St. Marc.

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Boy Cools Off – Petit Bois

Portraits of Haiti – Petit Bois, boy cools off after working in fields.

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Hanging Tripe – Cow Intestines

In the back of the Point Sande Market, along the Artibonite River in Haiti, a woman hangs cow intestines on a line to dry in the sun.  Citrus juice from sour oranges is commonly used to clean many types of meat, including this – inside and out.  Once dry the intestines are cut up and used to flavor different foods, rice dishes, and vegetable stews.  Used like a spice, they add a refined meaty flavor.  For people who can’t afford meat, adding bit to other dishes gives a mild taste of beef.

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HACAOT Saves Boy’s Life

This boy arrived to the HACAOT mobile medical clinic in severe respiratory distress.  He was immediately taken from the waiting crowd, and given a nebulizer to open the airways in his lungs (photo below).  A doctor worked with him for two and half hours.  Each time the nebulizer was removed he went into respiratory failure.

To give him a chance after the clinic closed, a medical technician fashioned a take home treatment device from an inhaler and an empty water bottle (seen below).

The device was never used as the boy began to crash (an abrupt decompensation of a patient’s clinical status).  Arrangements were made and he was rushed to a hospital.  “If the doctors from HACAOT hadn’t been in Cap Haitain, there is no doubt in my mind this boy would have died,” said a staff member.   There are too few hospitals in Haiti, and all are severely overcrowded and under staffed.  Without HACAOT’s presence, this boy wouldn’t have been able to go to the hospital.

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2 School Girls from Cap Haitian


“We play with little plates and little cooking pots and little cups.
We have little cooking utensils that go in the houses.
We pretend to eat.”

They have tea parties – just like our children.

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Mary Fargen – HACAOT Team Member and 2011 Physician Assistant of the Year Award Winner

At 6:00 am Monday morning a team of 18 doctors, nurses, clinicians, and founding members of the Haitian Caribbean American Organization of Texas  (HACAOT), will  leave for the first of five days to different regions of  Cap Haitian, the second largest city in Haiti.  Each day the group will set up and break down a health care clinic capable of treating hundreds of severely under served people a day.

Mary Fargen, the Medical Director for the non-profit  HACAOT, is here on her 14th trip to Haiti.  This year Mary received the 2011 Humanitarian Physician Assistant of the Year Award, presented by the American Academy of Physician Assistants.  The video linked to this post tells her story much better than I could. Tomorrow I’ll photograph her in action.  The time you take today to watch this video will be enriching.

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Photojournalism in Haiti

On November 6th I fly into Port Au Prince, Haiti, volunteering a month of my time to create new photography, video and writing, for two non-profits working tirelessly in the country; a small organization, the Haitian and Caribbean Organization of Texas (http://www.hacaot.org/), and a much  larger one, Partners In Health (http://www.pih.org/). With HACAOT, I’ll be joining a Haitian run medical team traveling to remote villages in the northern part of the island, giving me intimate access to the people and their daily lives.  With PIH, I’ll be in the central interior of Haiti as well as Port Au Prince, documenting families whose lives have been changed (and saved) by PIH’s 25 year presence in the region.  In Port Au Prince, I’ll record the more immediate recovery from the earthquake in 2010. 

The visual record I plan to create tells the story of how a people are rebuilding their nation against overwhelming odds, where survival is an accomplishment in and of itself.  It portrays the faces of a people whose aspirations are similar to ours, reflecting the plurality of our common human identity.  It is essential, when the media forgets, turns its interest to the next story, that we do not look away.

Another aspect of my work will be to document and raise awareness of the cholera epidemic which continues to ravage the country.  Over 420,000 people have been affected by the cholera outbreak and 6,000 have died.  It’s the most catastrophic epidemic the hemisphere has seen in decades. 

The work I do in Haiti will be without compensation, along with an additional month at home editing photos and video.  All of the video and still photography will be donated to HACAOT and PIH.  In addition, I plan to create both a traveling print exhibit, and a multi-media educational presentation to build awareness and remind us of Haiti’s needs.

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