from percin {haiti}

percin is a slum in the fishing town of petit goâve, which is about 45 miles southwest of port-au-prince. the earthquake's epicentre was almost exactly under petit goâve. when we arrived to percin, we walked down a long trail lined with tents & makeshift aluminum homes. at the pit of the long trail leading out to the water, there was a deep well which would have been a water reserve except the pipe broke during the quake & it is now back-filled with trash & wreckage. the kids here were especially anxious to play & talk with us. when we talked with the adults, they told us they would work if they could find it. one woman starting washing herself & her son with a bar of soap standing in the mud with a bowl of dirty water while we were shooting - some of them had no conception of the camera or what it does. i felt like i got dropped back in time.

the girl just below saw me with my camera & just smiled so widely. there is a hole in the ground just behind her that serves as a bathroom hole. people talking. loud. kids everywhere. sun beating down so hard that you can't wipe the sweat away fast enough.

their faces are so precious. it is difficult to me to look at these photos remembering standing there being with them. it was so hard to leave this place that day without Doing something right then. we prayed. we told them we want to help. we brought a soccer ball & the kids immediately started kicking it around. they kept yelling, "you, photo". i would say, je m'apppelle regina & they would smile & then yell, regina, photo! some would tell me their names & we would talk a little. they embrace being loved. they tugged on me & swarmed around me excited to see the mystery of what the camera had produced. so many of them have never really seen themselves.

this little girl came running after me & asked me to take a picture of her...

this is where she lives...

in haiti, all the little kids really look out for one another...

percin is on the ocean! this is waterfront. it is an overfished area with people bring in 2 inch fishies just to get food. what some infrastructure & knowledge about how to keep a sustainable fishing village would do here! i am praying for this place. their community is strong & the have tenacity i have rarely witnessed. it puts an awful lot in perspective. be thankful. we are blessed to be a blessing. www.fivemillionfaces.org has teams of surveyors & architects with the goal of home building in haiti. learn & support. 1 dollar here, 1 dollar there, & we can help these people get a leg up to jump start themselves.


these kids chased us all the way from the water through the slum out to the road & jumped up there beaming at me...