Life in Haiti after the devastating Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake has been particularly hard for many of the nearly 300,000 unpaid child workers in Haiti who cook, fetch water and do other household chores. A child carries jugs of water near a school, run by MCC partner Ecumenical Foundation for Peace and Justice (FOPJ), that offers morning and afternoon sessions to children who spend the other parts of their day working.
Eleven-year-old Berline Joseph watches her teacher, Marie Daniel Filsaime, during a math lesson. Joseph attends an elementary school run by MCC partner FOPJ for children who have been relocated to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as unpaid workers.
Ivina Vilmeney stops by to visit Marie Sony at a new market stand Sony started through an FOPJ program. The program supports unpaid child workers by helping the families that employ them recover from the earthquake and restock their market stands. Vilmeney tracks the progress of 118 vendors who have benefited from the program. After losing her stand in the January 2010 earthquake, Sony found it difficult to help support her family.
Masonry students such as 25-year-old Ronald Sadou Zami benefited from an MCC seminar on disaster-resistant construction. Zami, who has been working for a month after graduating from a masonry trade program at MCC partner FOPJ, smooths a coat of mortar at a construction site in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Jean Vidal, left, and Patrick Pierre, who work with MCC partner ACCESS, hold a sign for a $180,000 MCC-funded project in the Boulard neighborhood of Port-au-Prince to build five latrines and repair more than three dozen homes of recipients who were in tent camps. At least five or more people live in each of the homes that were repaired.
Students pose for a picture during class, which takes place under tarps at Institution Chretienne de la Grâce, a school of Assemblée de la Grâce, a network of 23 Anabaptist congregations. The school building in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, collapsed during the 2010 earthquake. MCC is supporting the construction of three classrooms.
Michel Garly, left, executive director of Wozo, and Harry Thelusma, Wozo program officer, hold a collection of group photos of trauma healing workshop participants. MCC provides support to Wozo, which holds trauma healing trainings around the country, working with those suffering from the earthquake and other needs.
Overcrowding and unsafe housing in the capital contributed to a high earthquake death toll. In rebuilding, MCC partners have stressed the importance of giving people opportunities outside the capital. In response, MCC is supporting a vocational school in Desarmes, Haiti. School staff, each of whom were educated in Port-au-Prince, include, from left, Wanson Jules, Vina Ovilman and Elie Saint-Cyn.
Camille Richemond, left, Charles Elizair, center, and Delcus Benito, right, put up barbed wire to contain goats on land used by an MCC-supported vocational school that teaches agriculture and animal rearing to students in Desarmes, Haiti.
Farmers such as Vénance Calixte benefited from an MCC-supported cash-for-work program to build soil conservation walls. "This kind of project helps us live better out here," he says. "Where other people have gone to bigger cities to look for work, we've been able to stay here."