At 5:30 in the morning, myself and an interpreter were dropped off by motorcycle taxi to a family’s house. Their children are sponsored by the Portland, Oregon, based Itafari Foundation. Unreachable by car, transportation within the village is on foot or by an old gearless bikes for the lucky few. I spent my time there following and photographing,“the day in the life” of two children, brother and sister.
Sunrise – an hour after I arrived to Claudette’s house.
It was dawn when we arrived at Claudette’s house. Her 16 year old brother, Justin, and two children, John Claude (8), and Naomie (10), were already awake. The children were finishing the first of their morning routines, taking the chickens out of the house and putting them in mud walled pen outside. At night the chickens sleep inside to avoid theft.
This chicken wanted to come back in.
The family I was with are among the most impoverished in Rwanda. Where they live has no running water, and no electricity. Their house was made of mud and bricks with a fabricated sheet of metal for a roof. The floors were the hard red dirt common to this part of Africa.
John Claude boils water for breakfast in the kicthen, a cooking area on the side of the house.