Thursday, September 29, 2011

Haiti Day #3: A teacher

We were surprised that we didn't have more kids wanting to become teachers....but most of them never set a foot in a school before and they don't really know what school is about. This girl wanted to be a teacher to help the kids of the future find their own pah too.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Haiti Day #3: Girls who want to rebuild the city

In Port-au-prince, all the damages from the earthquake are still visible and there are rumbles and ruins all around the city. These girls have seen hundreds of locals working on cleaning and rebuilding the city and they want to be able to help out in the future.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Haiti Day #3: Girls just wanna have fun

The girls at the orphanage had the cutest smiles. They don't know much of the life outside the orphanage. The women that surround them and help them daily seem to be their main inspirations for the future. The girls who wanted to become hairdressers even practiced on me while we were printing the pictures on site.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Haiti Day #3: A miniature medical staff

A lot of these kids want to be helped and rescued. It's no surprise that in return they want to help others when they grow up and become doctors, dentists, and nurses to continue the efforts to rebuild a city and a country in need.

Haiti Day #3: A good mother

This orphanage was full of adorable little girls who were supervised by a few older women who cared for them and cooked their meals. One of the orphans, who was holding my hand from the time we walked through the gates, moved us when she said that all she wanted to do when she grew up was to be a good mother.

Haiti Day #3: Our first Girls orphanage in Port-au-prince

On our third day in Haiti, the pastor who had welcomed us in his orphanage the day before took us to a girls' orphanage in a secluded part of port-au-prince. He even offered to take us to another orphanage right after we were done with our session but after taking pictures of almost 50 young girls, we were too exhausted to even consider it. All the kids were incredible from the moment we walked through the orphanage's gate to the moment we left.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Haiti Day #2: Dreaming of a simple but fulfilling job

A lot of the kids seemed inspired by what they had seen on TV or by what some of the western societies regard as a noble job. They just want to be happy while helping their peers or making their country a better place. Their smiles were contagious and it was an amazing first trip to an orphanage.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Haiti Day #2: Behind-the-Scene Photos

Photography: Helena Harper

Here are some of the pictures taken during our day of shooting in the first orphanage. The kids were so happy to draw, some were very talented artists too. Their reaction when they received their print exceeded our expectations. They were all laughing and running around with their pictures in their hands.

Haiti Day #2: He just wants to go to school

Photography: Sebastien Roche-Lochen

A lot of us took school for granted when we were kids. We would pretend to be sick to avoid going there, we would sneak out of school during chemistry class, we would never do our homework because we had video games to play, and we always complained about our teachers, the food and the amount of work. This guy wants to be a student when he grows up.

Haiti Day #2: Some kids want to be in the spotlight

Photography: Sebastien Roche-Lochen

A lot of the kids just want to have fun when they grow up. We had a few musicians, soccer player, and one basketball player. That's probably the only way they would ever get to travel abroad and discover the world outside Haiti.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Haiti Day #2: Inspired Orphans

In most instances, kids want to be like mom or dad when they grow up. In orphanages, sometimes they want to be like the pastor who has been helping them. The pastor of this first orphanage is in charge of three different orphanages around town and is the kindest, friendliest person we've met. He cares deeply for each kid who is there. In return, they respect him and look up to him. These kids were so full of life that it was a magical second day in Haiti.