The pieces from Gaelle’s family’s old house that fell to the ground during the 2010 earthquake have been collected to build this delightful home. Built from wood, concrete, and red tin we feel cozy in the open concept space with its own kitchen, bathroom, and shower. We love it! We feel very fortunate that this space has been made available to us and are very grateful for Gaelle and her family’s friendship.
It is very lucky the forest is still here as it stands as the only large green area within Port-au-Prince. Gaelle informed us her grandfather used to get up at four AM and scare off any tree-cutters interested in the wood to make coal. Its conservation remains to be a struggle, however, there is ingenuity countering the dependency on coal for cooking. Alternative sources of energy including solar power are being made more accessible to the public.
Tomorrow we are excited to foot the mountain for a brisk morning walk and exploration before we go to work at INDEPCO.