In the wake of last January’s devastating earthquake, Haiti’s 4 million children continue to suffer from lack of access to basic water, sanitation, healthcare, and education services. They continue to be vulnerable to disease, exploitation, and unsanitary conditions — problems that had deep roots even prior to the earthquake.
To this day, chronic malnutrition affects one in three Haitian children under five years of age, according to UNICEF‘s one year report.
But as stories of both hope and horror continue to emerge from Haiti on this first anniversary of the earthquake, leave it to the children to find a way to shine a ray of light on a desperate situation.
Take a look at this music video, shot by UNICEF Television featuring an enterprising group of boys at a residential care center in Port-au-Prince. The boys were separated from their parents in the earthquake and are using hip-hop to inspire their fellow Haitians to rebuild the country.
Video courtesy of UNICEF Television
Photo credit: screenshot from UNICEF video