It was at school one afternoon early last year that young Djecilia Jean Baptiste felt the walls start to shake.
“I heard other houses come down,” the 13-year-old says, eyes fixed downward. “And I didn’t know what was happening.”
The earthquake in Haiti killed more than 300,000 people and devastated the girl’s hometown of Jacmel. The school stood, but Djecilia’s family home did not, like thousands of others across the country reduced to rubble. Since that day, she and her twin brother have been spending their days in class, studying the arts, and their nights living in a tent with four other siblings and their mother.