Nom: Rosemirlande Romulus
City: Destra, Haiti
My community suppots itself on the backs of local fisherman. It is with the money we get from the sea that we are able to do things like go to school.
This photo represents my hopes and dreams. Through school I hope to be able to better the life of not just my individual family, but rather to change those of my entire community. I hope to become a nurse because we desperately need a clinic or hospital in our area. It is very difficult to get medical care in our area and so I hope my training as a nurse can help alleviate the suffering of those around us.
Nom: Rommald Norberday Enock Barthelemy
Age: 18 ans
Grade: 2nd year Secondary School
My name is Barthelemy Rommald Norberday Enock but I go by the nickname Norken. Since the earthquake I have defined myself a lot by my surroundings. I have lived in this house for almost a year and a half now. While I appreciate the efforts to get us housing I hope one day to be able to provide more for my family.
I have had to take over many aspects of my care that normally would not fall to me. My mother has to work outside the house so I do everything from cook and iron, to wash clothes and clean for our family.
For me school is the most important thing in life so I had to highlight my school. Without school you can never be something serious in Haiti or society in general. I took this photo on the day when I was going to take the state tests. It’s an honor for me because this test will open doors for me that I wasn’t sure would ever be open for me. Even though I am not sure I will be able to finish school, because of financial difficulties I have an opportunity many do not receive and for that I am grateful. I truly believe that to achieve GOALS mission of change in my community education is necessary and I am sure that GOALS will find a way to support us in that effort.
After the earthquake I had lost my way. I still do not have the personal drive that I once had. It’s hard because sometimes I think what will it all matter if in the next instant my life is wiped from existence. Still GOALS and the community it has given me is a blessing. Being part of something greater than myself has restored some of my love for life.
I am truly grateful not for the equipment that GOALS provides. While I would love for some replacements when the gear grows old I feel a sense of pride whenever I put on the uniform. I have pride in myself every time I see the team assembled. Sometimes when I close my eyes I can even see us as having been selected for the national team (or maybe even the Italian national team since we share the colors.)
Apart from soccer and my family I LOVE art. Drawing takes me to a different place. I like to practice whenever I find some fee time and tools. While I don’t have a barbershop I like to use my skills with art to help the community. I provide haircuts to my neighbors for free. Maybe one day I will own a barbershop and make money but for now I’m content with making sure my neighbors look good when they go out into the world and that my teammates look fresh before a game.