These first two images of a mountain side in Port-au-Prince really helped me to understand the amount of lives that were lost. These houses were not earthquake proof to begin with and are crammed together so tightly that it is little surprise that so many tent cities appeared, where parks had once been, the night of the quakes.
|One of the smallest tent cities.|
|A house in a tent city.|
|The ladders lead to ledges where people live/sleep|
An image of a tent city in one of the parks.
|Trash is swept into piles and burned. Families can pay to have trash picked up, but it is not a priority for many.|
Our hotel in the city of Croix-des-Bouquets had electricity (I didn't get any great photographs of our hotel). There were several large solar panels on the roof. We were pretty spoiled at Vila Mimica. We could even purchase AC for $30 a night.
Most of what we saw was driving from the town of Croix-des-Bouquets and going east to the village of Thomazeau. This drive was pretty rural. There were water pumps every three to six houses. I did not notice power lines. The majority of the houses were concrete and/or brick (picture) with a tarp for at least one wall. Some roads were great some were not so great. Once we got closer to the village the roads turned to dirt.
|The road to Thomazazeau|
See some of my artwork in response to this trip on my art blog, Felicia Follum Art + Design.
I didn’t see many power lines in this area (though I think that most of the electricity is solar powered). There were about 100 families in the community and a few other buildings, mostly churches and temples. Thomazeau’s community center, currently the school, is solar powered. I did not see any other power lines, though I was not looking. The new school building does not have electricity yet but it does have a bathroom. I believe the water was controlled by gravity. The bathroom we used was a toilet placed over a hole in the ground. To flush you would carry a bucket of water from the pump and pour it in the bowl.
I am not sure if there were public bathrooms or where they were. The houses were small and I find it hard to believe there were working toilets in, though it is possible. This community bathed in the creek/spring water and drank from water pumps. The family that I was the closest to had a small fire one night to cook. Though I could not tell what they were burning.
|The community center is cut off and the building farthest to the left. The new school building is behind that with the blue roof. The rest are houses.|
|Kids swimming and bathing. You would often see adults in these rivers soaped up and bathing as well.|
|Houses and animals.|
|Houses. The blue structure may be a tomb.|
|The kids wanted me to take the picture of the water pump.|