Here are several pages of photos from Mo’s first trip to Diane’s Sun Camp in Puerta Plata at the end of her first season with Mo’ Motion. Mo teamed up with Diane and her guests at camp and together they went to the Haitian batey nearby to donate their time and some sporting equipment to an eager bunch of kids who were looking to play sports and have fun.
Haitians who have fled Haiti end up in the Dominican Republic without the ability to work legally. The often build shacks in empty plots of land called a batey, which is described as a settlement around a sugar mill (in this case it was a large sugar cane field). This batey in Puerta Plata did not have running water or toilets for those who lived amongst the shacks. Yet surprisingly enough, this batey did have a school.
Mo immediately connected with a charming boy named Robinson, who was top in his class in his Haitian school. Robinson, who speaks four languages, helped Mo gather the kids and organize all the impromptu events in the batey.
Here are photos from Mo’s trip. Mo will return to see Robinson reach a major life milestone in November 2016. After bringing what she can from NYC to help in what is a dire situation for all Haitians, Mo will tell the inspirational story of her friend, Robinson Moreta.
Be sure to click through all the pages in this “2010 Caribbean Sweat” album.