Jean Pierre is 16. For the last four years, since his parents were killed in the fighting, he has looked after his younger brother and sister. The house they lived in when their parents were alive has fallen down, so all they have left is the land it was built on.

They have started to build a new house - a small square shack made of branches and reeds. One day it will be a good, strong wattle and daub home, but at the moment the wind blows through the sticks and anyone can easily break into the house, because the children haven't been able to cover the sticks with mud. Mud needs water, and they have no water supply. They have to buy all their water in jerry cans. Each can costs nearly a dollar, and it takes lots of cans to mix enough mud for a house.

They have a few banana and avocado trees for food, but so far they haven't been able to grow crops because they have nowhere to store tools and seeds. When they finish their house they hope to plant sweet potatoes, beans or millet so they can have more to eat. For now they feed themselves by working for other farmers, but they don't get paid much as everyone in the area is poor. World Vision workers help out by bringing extra food. They've also given the children some blankets, which they hide at a neighbour's house during the day so they don't get stolen.

None of the children go to school because they can't afford uniforms or books, and anyway, they have no time. They are kept busy getting enough food, cooking and trying to build their house. World Vision has training courses for children like Jean Pierre who are in charge of their families, and Jean Pierre wants to learn welding. He hopes one day he'll be able to earn money and that he and his brother and sister can have a better future.