boy-stands2A small boy stands next to an old tree stump converted into a mortar/pestle for grinding pitimi. Pitimi is “millet” in English; it was used by the French colonists to feed their animals. Considered an inferior oat, it was also used to feed their slaves. To this day, the people of Haiti use it to cook staple recipes such as Mayi Moulin (a thick meal served with black bean sauce or other sauces).

kizin2This is a typical outdoor kitchen in rural Haiti. Food is prepared without electricity over carefully-monitored fires.

woman-cooks2Rural Haitians walk daily, often for long distances, to obtain water from clean sources. Here, a woman carries water back to the family’s kitchen as she prepares a meal.

boy-and-donkey2A young boy walks home after filling his family’s jugs at the clean water source. He is fortunate to have the help of a donkey, though his walk is about 2 hours each way.

a-family2A beautiful family representing three generations greet us sweetly on the Fond des Blancs Road high in the Southern mountains of Haiti.

yon-kay2A typical home in rural Haiti is pictured above. Notice the mud walls and thatch roof. This home is in good shape.

DSC_0436web2A typical outdoor kitchen in rural Haiti (above and below).


2-boys-2Two boys look out from the “piti kay” (little house) ACR built for their family in Haiti. They belong to a large, extended family that previously lived in a mud hut with a thatch roof.

older-women-2Two beautiful Haitian woman, among the poorest of the poor in the mountains of Haiti in tiny village called Puits Laurent.