Exploring Jalousie

a small photo selection:

Do you remember Jalousie?

I was very intrigued by the colorful neighborhood last year, and I had to visit it now that I’m in Haiti again. Most people there were friendly, but very few wanted their picture taken, and some reveled in saying “No! Go!”

I guess having the power to say that is quite enjoyable if you own little else.

Jalousie is among many slums that have sprawled across the hills of the capital Port-au-Prince in recent decades because governments past and present have failed to provide affordable housing and basic services.  … Amid its narrow corridors and steep steps, Jalousie has no traditional sewage system or electric grid. (The Huffington Post)

Jalousie does have the best view in Port-au-Prince though. And now colors.

Let’s hope the improvements don’t stop there.

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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: CHANGE

Jalouzi - above Petion-Ville - Haiti
Jalousie in new colors! Jealous?

I was going to submit these as COLOR, but then I saw that the weekly photo challenge now is CHANGE. And Jalousie is even more fitting for this theme; as the community on the hillside is being painted these days. I loved it when I first saw it – colors always make me happy, but there’s a lot of controversy in the picture too. Is painting houses the way to help a neighbourhood?

I met a journalist in Jeremie who’s running a website about ‘happenings in Haiti’ – follow THIS LINK for more about Jalousie and other interesting news 😉