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A Look at Haiti

The Rev. Paul Jeffrey, response senior correspondent and a United Methodist missionary, has continued to cover life in Haiti two years after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Here is a sampling of his recent images from that troubled Caribbean nation. Haiti is the geographic theme of this year's Schools of Mission. Paul's images of Haiti can also be seen in a new book he co-authored with Chris Herlinger. Rubble Nation: Haiti's Pain, Haiti's Promise is available at your local bookseller or online through Cokesbury or Amazon.

  • A man harvests corn in Mizak, a small village in the south of Haiti.
  • A boy pauses from agricultural work in Mizak, a small village in the south of Haiti.
  • A boy carries water as he walks on a path through Mizak, a small village in the south of Haiti.
  • A girl carrying a package on her head looks back as she and a boy carrying water walk on a path through Mizak, a small village in the south of Haiti.
  • A boy walks in the rain on a path through Mizak, a small village in the south of Haiti where United Methodist Women supports life-giving projects.
  • A girl, wet from a rain storm, in Mizak, a small village in the south of Haiti.
  • A man walks a goat through the market in Mizak, a small village in the south of Haiti.
  • Acasekam Saint Jerar (left), a voodoo priest, performs a ceremony in Mizak, Haiti. He is assisted by Pouchon Frederique.
  • A woman pulls her donkey along a road in Mizak, a small village in the south of Haiti.
  • A boy in Mizak, a small village in the south of Haiti.
  • A man looks out the window of his house in Mizak, a small village in the south of Haiti.
  • Kerline Jean Louis, a member of Nouvel Etwal - Haitian Kreyol for "New Stars" - dances on the beach at Jacmel, Haiti. Nouvel Etwal is a dance and creative movement group of 16 girls from age 8 to 13, based in the southern village of Mizak. The group is supported by United Methodist Women.
  • Joseno Neaud, a member of Nouvel Etwal - Haitian Kreyol for "New Stars" - dances on the beach at Jacmel, Haiti. Nouvel Etwal is a dance and creative movement group of 16 girls from age 8 to 13, based in the southern village of Mizak and supported by United Methodist Women.
  • Paula Prevost and other members of Nouvel Etwal - Haitian Kreyol for "New Stars" - dance on the beach at Jacmel, Haiti. Nouvel Etwal is a dance and creative movement group of 16 girls from age 8 to 13, based in the village of Mizak. The dance group is supported by United Methodist Women.
  • Her hair wet from the sea, Vasty Gabelus, a member of Nouvel Etwal - Haitian Kreyol for "New Stars" - dances on the beach at Jacmel, Haiti. Nouvel Etwal is a dance and creative movement group of 16 girls from age 8 to 13, based in Mizak. The group is supported by United Methodist Women.
  • Romage Jean Louis, a member of Nouvel Etwal - Haitian Kreyol for "New Stars" - dances on a hillside in Mizak, Haiti. Nouvel Etwal is a UMW-supported dance and creative movement group of 16 girls from age 8 to 13, based in the southern village of Mizak.
  • Members of Nouvel Etwal - Haitian Kreyol for "New Stars" - dance on a hillside in Mizak, Haiti. Nouvel Etwal is a dance and creative movement group of 16 girls from age 8 to 13, based in the southern village of Mizak. The group is supported by united Methodist Women.
  • Members of Nouvel Etwal - Haitian Kreyol for "New Stars" - pose on a hillside in Mizak, Haiti. Nouvel Etwal is a dance and creative movement group of 16 girls from age 8 to 13, based in the southern village of Mizak. The group is supported by United Methodist Women.
  • Maudeline Raymond, a member of Nouvel Etwal - Haitian Kreyol for "New Stars" - dances on a hillside in Mizak, Haiti. Nouvel Etwal is a dance and creative movement group of 16 girls from age 8 to 13, based in the southern village of Mizak. The group is supported by United Methodist Women.
  • Lovely Jean, 11, here sweeping in front of her family's home, is a Peace Pal in the southern Haitian village of Mizak. Peace Pals is a UMW-supported program of the World Peace Prayer Society, which promotes the message "May Peace Prevail on Earth" as a simple, universal expression to unite the hearts of all people in a common desire and hope for peace on Earth.
  • Mislanda Ridore, 13, here reading her school work in her home, is a Peace Pal in Mizak. Peace Pals provides a safe and nurturing environment for children to gather to play and learn lessons that organizers hope will lead to generational changes in attitudes about self-worth, care for the environment, personal health & hygiene, conflict resolution, respect for all persons and encouragement to be "peacebuilders" at all levels.
  • Estherline Dominique, 13, here carrying water into her home, is a Peace Pal in Mizak. Peace Pals is sponsored by Haitian Artisans for Peace International (HAPI).
  • A woman walking in the rural Haitian village of Mizak, where the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is helping farmers battle hunger by improving their agricultural practices.
  • A farmer in Mizak, Haiti, where the United Methodist Committee on Relief is helping farmers battle hunger by improving their agricultural practices.
  • A young woman plants beans in a field in Chalo, a small village in the southern mountains of Haiti. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with some families in this village to help them improve their agricultural production.
  • A woman walks with a donkey in Mizak, a small village in the southern mountains of Haiti.
  • Romicile Jean Luis harvests corn in Mizak, a small village in the southern mountains of Haiti. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with her and other farmers in the community to improve their agricultural production.
  • Velouis Melvil plants beans in the rural Haitian village of Mizak, where the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is combating hunger by helping farmers increase their crop yields.
  • Andremeril Lamour, 81, clears rubble from where her house once stood in Carrefour, Haiti, until the 2010 earthquake knocked it to the ground. She is making way for a new safe dwelling to be constructed with assistance from the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
  • Dina Mella checks one of the two female goats that UMCOR gave to her family as part of a program to combat hunger in Haiti. A resident of the village of La Tremblay, Mella will pass on two goats to another family when hers have offspring. Behind Mella is her 8-year old daughter Skyna.
  • Noline Jean harvests spinach in La Tremblay, Haiti, where UMCOR is working with earthquake survivors to improve their agricultural production.
  • Noline Jean harvests spinach in La Tremblay, Haiti, where UMCOR is working with earthquake survivors to improve their agricultural production.
  • A woman hangs laundry on the porch of her family's new home in Camp Corail, a controversial resettlement of earthquake survivors north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Thousands of families were relocated to Corail from flood-prone areas of the capital in 2010, yet the promises of jobs that lured them there failed to materialize.
  • A boy kicks a ball in Camp Corail, a controversial resettlement of earthquake survivors north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Thousands of families were relocated to Corail from flood-prone areas of the capital in 2010, yet the promises of jobs that lured them there failed to materialize.
  • Metelus Jonotas shouts her offers to prospective customers as she sells beans and rice and other basic foodstuffs from a pan that she carries on her head as she walks through the Corail camp for resettled earthquake survivors north of quake-ravaged Port-au-Prince, where she lived before coming to Corail several months after the 2010 quake. She has three children, two of whom go to schools in the camp built by UMCOR.
  • Girls run through Camp Corail, a controversial resettlement of earthquake survivors north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Thousands of families were relocated to Corail from flood-prone areas of the capital in 2010, yet the promises of jobs that lured them there failed to materialize.