Monique Laguerre covers her youngest son’s schoolbooks in Carrefour, Haiti. Laguerre covers the books at the beginning of each school year to prevent them from being damaged and to avoid the additional expense of purchasing new ones during the semester.
From left, Oldia Louis, Jovany Gerard and Petherson Fleurant, members of the Haitian National Theater dance group, perform during the inauguration of a cultural center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Gerard says that choreography and performances can motivate young people to participate in cultural activities.
Jorham Dorival blows into a conch shell to signal to other fishermen to gather on Damassin Beach in the commune of Côteaux, Haiti. Dorival says, “As soon as they hear the sound, they know it’s time to go to sea to work. I like this way of communicating; it's unique to us.”
Luckson Lamour, left, holds a thurible while Andy Roc adds incense at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. They have performed this task after Mass for the past seven years.
Jerry Gabriel gives information about COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, to Milot Prévilien on his weekly walk through Avenue Maïs Gâté, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Every week, Gabriel distributes face masks and informational leaflets about COVID-19. After talking with Gabriel, Prévilien agreed that he should wear a mask.
Woodly Caymitte, 27, works on a sculpture of George Floyd in Carrefour Feuilles, Haiti. “In Haiti, many have expressed their indignation at this tragedy, but as the first revolutionary and independent black people who put an end to slavery, it is important to immortalize this character who is changing the world,” Caymitte says.
Junior Kervens Cajou, 13, swings between two trees outside his home in Carrefour, a commune in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. "I don’t have any electronic toys,” he says. “I can’t watch television because of the lack of electricity. We created our swing to have fun.”
Archer Paulain, right, washes his hands before entering COMPAS supermarket in Pétion-Ville, Haiti. The supermarket provides foam soap and water to encourage customers to wash their hands and prevent, as much as possible, contamination of other customers, employees and products, explains Rolandy Seide, the store manager.
Jonel Saint Jean washes his hands at a public tap in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The mayor’s office has installed about 40 water towers and nearly 1,000 water buckets at key points in the capital to encourage hand-washing and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Since sales are slow, Guerline Fritz, a vegetable vendor at this market in Kenscoff, Haiti, takes a quick nap as she waits for customers to buy her produce. She says that protests and fuel shortages in the country have deterred customers from coming out to buy lately.
Guerby André, 14 (left to right), concentrates on his next move in a game of marbles with his school friends Gardy Mezil, 11, and Cherdnerson Jean, 13, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The game is popular with boys here, who often play it during school holidays.
Mairha Francois, 8, plays a hopscotch game called La Marelle with other students at the Ascension School in the Thor le Volant neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The game is one of several activities that the school organizes to celebrate the end of the school year.
Wilford Célestin has been working as an artist in the Carrefour commune of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for 18 years. He represents different loa, or spirits of the Haitian Voodoo tradition through his work, including this statue of the loa Bossou. Bossou is usually depicted as a bull with three horns.
Ricardo Victor, in all white, leads the Association des Majorettes during a parade through Carrefour, a commune in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Victor has been president of the majorettes’ association for 3 years. “My troupes are always invited to take part in parades just to get people in a festive mood. I’m passionate about using my baton to get my troupe to move and seeing the audience applaud during the performance,” Victor says.
Carine Emile, a traditional healer in Fermathe, Haiti, treats Maxo Paulain, a mechanic, for stomach discomfort that he says occurred while he was lifting metal car parts. She prepares a combination of palma christi oil, laundry soap and a traditional Haitian rum called Clairin to rub onto Paulain’s body while saying prayers. Emile has been practicing as a traditional healer since she was 20 years old.
Sarah Phinaely, 19, (left) applies makeup for Marie Léda Pétion, 15, before a dance performance in Carrefour, a commune of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Aside from dancing, Phinaely aspires to become a model and a professional makeup artist.
Mackenson Registre, 35, prepares his roosters before a morning cockfight practice session in Laboule 12, a neighborhood in Pétion-Ville on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He takes a swig of Clairin, a traditional Haitian rum, to spit out onto the birds. This will help warm them up and get them ready for the fight, he says.
Jean Robert Pierre (from left), Jacques Boré, and André Jeudi prepare their nets before casting into Port-au-Prince Bay outside of Titanyen, a village in Haiti. When the sea is calm, the group of fishermen can catch up to 4 or 5-gallon buckets full of fish, shrimp and crabs, which they sell at the market or directly to their customers.
In Bizoton, a suburb of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, Paulette Aurélien teaches her daughter, Mireille Mirtyl, how to knit. Aurélien has been custom-knitting clothes for her clientele for 13 years. Mireille dreams of becoming a seamstress one day.
Tachyse Leila Denis demonstrates on Tara Wilmine how to create a traditional head wrap during a training session in Pétion-Ville, Haiti. Denis organizes training sessions by request, to help men and women in her community connect with their cultural identity.