As I write in this monsoon like rain outside I thought of this quote. Which is oh so true of the Haitian way of life. “You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.”
I don’t know if I’ve ever had such joyous conversations as the ones I’ve had with the Haitian people. They are constantly smiling, laughing and trying to make you laugh amidst all the problems that they know exist. It’s truly incredible. Anyways, I woke up thinking I hadn’t gotten bitten by mosquitos last night but 5 minutes later I realized I had been absolutely destroyed by them. It looked like I had been beaten in my sleep because they were so swelled up so I did what you always do here in Haiti. Improvise and ghetto it up as we say here most of the time and rubbed toothpaste on them and the itching went away. After that I started off my day with breakfast and a bowl of cereal with David Darg and had some nice convo. Next we went to the Home Depot of Haiti and bought a bunch of materials and my buddy snake pointed at this ad in the store and taught me that they had painted this mans beard white because it’s impossible for Haitians to have white beards. You see, whilst reading this it may not seem funny but in Haiti we always try to have this positive/everything is funny attitude because if you don’t everything kind knocks you down emotionally.
Then we headed out to the Lady’s house that is being turned into the HQ for Kado. She’s also receiving a new house in addition to the work station. In the images above I uploaded an image of her shack. I met one of the lady’s sons called, son son, sorry if I butchered your name dude but yeah, he told me that when it rains they have to sit down and somebody goes outside after, finds plywood then tall 7 of them sleep on the plywood in that shack. It’s great that she’s getting a nice house. Construction on the kado site is going great as you can see above!
The film I was going to make while here was in my eyes going to be crap. But just by meeting a few people I think I’m going to be able to make a legitimate story out of it. And if not that then at least a nice it will have a very impactful image with some good cinematography. I’m so excited to get working on that when I get back. I should have it up about 2 days after getting back.
I got a real Haitian wake up call today when I visited my first Tent City. Where we’ll be hosting a kite festival tomorrow. It left me at a loss for words. The conditions in which these people live are atrocious. The stench is horrific and some of the sights are not for the faint of heart. Many babies are born with diseases and all the kids wanted my nokloo bracelets so I gave them all away and they were so happy to be wearing them and they all paraded around with me and a couple holding onto my hand. It was interesting. Something that breaks your heart. I cannot even begin to explain how heart wrenching it was but this one kid I guess had been promised shoes by David Darg a while back so I reminded David that I had brought shoes with the 300 lbs of baseball gear so I got him a pair of socks and Nokloo put shoes on our first kid. I felt so happy to see the HUGE smile on his face when he put them on. I’m so glad I got it on film. After this David, Tim, Crawford and myself went up onto the roof and blew some fireworks to beer and the beautiful Haitian sunset. It was a beautiful evening. When we went down we found the kid we had given the shoes too sitting in the chair where we had given him shoes. He hadn’t left the chair in the entire three hours that we were gone. He waited for us and as I came up to him he just pounded my fist and then pounded his heart as a symbol of friendship. Bon Bagay Haiti. Bon Bagay.