Marc-Yves Regis a freelance photojournalist and author of five books. Haiti Through My Eyes, Deadly Road to Democracy, Two Good Feet, Haiti After the Shock and Headstrong Children.
Marc is the founder and volunteer director of Camp Hispaniola, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides a week of summer camp for hundreds of children in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Marc has an associate degree in photography from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. He worked for the Hartford Courant, Miami Herald and The Los Angeles Times.
In the Dominican Republic camp is held in the school at a batey called Canada Del Agua. In Haiti the camp is held in an open field in the small town of Pernier using a lot of tarps to shield the campers from the hot sun. There are more than 450 campers every summer.
Most of the 48 counselors are Camp Hispaniola alumni. Our mission is to teach the youth of Haiti and the Dominican Republic responsibility with the hope that they will have opportunities in the future to move up in society.
Where The Campers Come From
In the Dominican Republic the campers are from 17 different bateyes or sugarcane plantations. Most of the campers are the children of cane cutters who are paid by the weight of the cane they cut. During harvest season the income barely sustains them. In Haiti the campers are from neighborhoods around Pernier. Most of their parents are street vendors who earn less than $5 a day.
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