Posted by Karl Johnson on Jul 12, 2010
Related program: Haiti Rebuilding Center
Yesterday was the six month anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. It also marks the start of my first visit there. Over the next few weeks I'll be going around with out team in Port-au-Prince and seeing first-hand our rebuilding efforts.
I was picked up at the PaP airport by Lyndia and two of our volunteers. From there we were crossing town to visit Quisqueya University and talk with architecture students and faculty. I rode shotgun as our cruiser rallied through the city streets, and it was simply overwhelming, the colors, the life pushing right into the streets. An endless series of roadside vendors selling everything from sunglasses to lollipops and roasted chickens. People were dragging 12-foot lenghts of rebar down the street. Doubled-up motorcycles zoomed around colorful tap-taps (shuttle trucks) and the occasional UN caravan. The heat and humidy was impressive, but as we drove around, and especially as we climbed into the hills, breezes picked up and the temps cooled.