With FotoWeek kicking off this weekend with 150+ (mostly free and open to public) events and exhibitions (do you have your tickets to our opening party tonight, yet? It the one fundraiser the festival is doing) we decided to replace Videos of the Day with Photographs of The Day in an effort to highlight some of the amazing work on show at this year’s 10th annual citywide festival.
About the photo: Reginald Adrasse, 32, repairs a uniform in his small self-built tailor shop at the entrance to Canaan II, April 19, 2015. He moved to Canaan from a neighborhood on the Port-au-Prince waterfront with his parents in 2013, learning his trade from his mother. He hopes to expand the business, building a solid building from the foundation he has already constructed as he is able to buy materials, a few cinderblocks at a time. “I want to help the people of Canaan,” he says.
In the seven years since Haiti’s major earthquake, leaders have been focused on building a quake-resistant, investor-friendly Port-au-Prince. But ten miles north of downtown, over 200,000 of the displaced are creating their own solution, with virtually no government or NGO support. Leveraging community groups and crowd-funding campaigns to create public spaces, wide roads and small businesses, residents themselves are transforming this scrub-covered range of hills with no water, electricity, roads or other city services into what will soon be Haiti’s third-largest urban center.
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