Haiti: Beyond the Rubble exhibition – 8

The 12 January earthquake didn’t only affect Port au Prince.  The epicentre was near Leogane, which is a coastal town, about an hour’s drive to the West of Port au Prince. Much of Tearfund’s work since the immediate disaster recovery phase has been in the Lowlands and Highlands around and to the South of Leogane. Tearfund have been working with schools in local communities, training teachers, running children’s clubs with play and hygiene lessons, and rebuilding schools.  At one of the schools near Siloye village, we met Evelyn (10), pictured here with her grandmother, who is now her principal carer.  Evelyn had been buried in the rubble of her home for three days before being rescued – both her parents were killed in the earthquake. She was one of the most memorable people I’ve ever met – full of humour and energy, but obvious sadness too.  Her grandmother is very concerned for her future – each time we visited over the year, and as they moved back into the city, her love for Evelyn was incredibly strong and profoundly moving.

Evelyn and her grandmother, near Siloye, March 2010.

Photo: Richard Hanson/Tearfund

Richard Hanson :: photographer  :: Sheffield