Haiti: Beyond the Rubble exhibition – 18

Jaques is 17.  When we first met him in March 2010 he was living in AFCA camp, but later he moved in with the family of one of his school friends.  In March 2010 he said ‘I am waiting for the schools to be reopened; my favourite subject is history, and my dream is to be able to continue with my studies and to become someone in society.

‘Both my parents and my older sister were killed in the earthquake. My younger sister and I were visiting our grandmother, so were not at the house when it collapsed.

‘We have little food or money, life living on this camp is tough and it’s getting harder and harder to stay out of trouble when it is all around you and you have nothing – I am trying to be strong. I know a day will come when I will not feel pain any more.’

I met him again in January 2011, at the house he’s staying at.  He has worked incredibly hard to build his life – he has persuaded the school to waive their fees if he does marketing for them, by taking flyers advertising the school out into the streets and distributing them. He says:

‘I have survived this year by relying on the kindness of those around me. I would like to be an engineer but, if I can’t afford university, I will accept whatever job God finds me.’

Jaques, Port au Prince, March 2010.

Photo: Richard Hanson/Tearfund

Richard Hanson :: photographer  :: Sheffield