She is beautiful.
She is a young Haitian girl living in the Dominican Republic.
The public schools in the Domincan are supposed to allow her to attend. Instead they exclude her and many other Haitian children because they are often undocumented and sometimes orphans and/or homeless. As a result, this young girl and 26 other Haitian children ranging in ages from pre-schoolers through junior high schoolers are receiving their educations in a one-room shanty from a pair of Haitian pastors.
I was invited to visit the school and meet the children during my recent trip to the Dominican. It bothered me a great deal as this school is just 5 minutes away from well-appointed public and private schools in the heart of one of the Dominican’s largest cities.

She is beautiful.

She is a young Haitian girl living in the Dominican Republic.

The public schools in the Domincan are supposed to allow her to attend. Instead they exclude her and many other Haitian children because they are often undocumented and sometimes orphans and/or homeless. As a result, this young girl and 26 other Haitian children ranging in ages from pre-schoolers through junior high schoolers are receiving their educations in a one-room shanty from a pair of Haitian pastors.

I was invited to visit the school and meet the children during my recent trip to the Dominican. It bothered me a great deal as this school is just 5 minutes away from well-appointed public and private schools in the heart of one of the Dominican’s largest cities.

A tomb in the Panteon Nacional (National Mausoleum) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

A tomb in the Panteon Nacional (National Mausoleum) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

During Carnaval in La Vega, Dominican Republic, clubs known as “cuevas (caves)” dress in ornate, demonic-looking costumes as they march in parades and entertain the crowds as they promote various street concerts that they host as part of the festivities.
I found the party-goers to be generally easy-going and fun-loving and the atmosphere to be both friendly and festive. It was definitely much more polite than Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the crowds much easier to navigate and deal with.

During Carnaval in La Vega, Dominican Republic, clubs known as “cuevas (caves)” dress in ornate, demonic-looking costumes as they march in parades and entertain the crowds as they promote various street concerts that they host as part of the festivities.

I found the party-goers to be generally easy-going and fun-loving and the atmosphere to be both friendly and festive. It was definitely much more polite than Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the crowds much easier to navigate and deal with.

Moving and shooting in the late evening light at Carnaval in La Vega, DR, proved to be a bit of a challenge. Thus, this photo turned out a bit out of focus. Still, I just fell in love with this young man’s bold statement with those makeshift earrings.

Moving and shooting in the late evening light at Carnaval in La Vega, DR, proved to be a bit of a challenge. Thus, this photo turned out a bit out of focus. Still, I just fell in love with this young man’s bold statement with those makeshift earrings.

La Vega, Dominican Republic, Motorbike Ride
by GreaseMonkey Photo

La Vega, Dominican Republic, Motorbike Ride

by GreaseMonkey Photo