Jalousie has been turned into a colorful tribute to Haitian artist, Prefete Duffaut, whose imaginary cities rose up from canvas in a profusion that exemplifies the world's view of what a shanty town should, ideally, be. Reasons for choosing Jalousie as the site for this tribute range from the town's mayor wishing to make it a new tourist attraction, to wanting to give the residents a sense of national identity.
Jalousie has been turned into a life sized replica of a Prefete Duffaut painting, in which houses, bathed in rich color, illustrate the image of a happy shanty town to the world. Hoping, among other reasons, to give the town a new sense of identity, the government has presented a broken-down city with inhabitants possessed of many reasons to be unhappy as a gay, bright and inviting.
While heavily criticized for its use of $6 million USD on a renewal initiative for Jalousie, the Martelly Administration remains firm behind their project, stating that it is about altering the perception people have of the area as well as to make the inhabitant's living conditions better. The project is also said to have provided 2,500 jobs. For funding, the administration utilized funds from international donations and Petrocaribe, though the brunt came from the public treasury. It is part of a wider development project for the country in which 800 similar projects have been planned.
The government is proudly spending over $6 million on a project to paint houses in the city that, among its many problems, is cut through by a massive fault line, poses a danger to its citizens and those in the village below it because of its propensity for dangerous mudslides, and has a serious clean water deficit. A survey of the inhabitants shows that, rather than a paint job, they would prefer, almost unanimously, to have new schools for their children.
Haitian Governments have always suffered the charge of wasting money on unworthy projects. It seems that the Martelly/Lamothe Administration is bent on adding their name to the roster with the Jalousie in Colors program that would paint make-up on a slaughtered pig. While ill-conceived when one thinks of the various other forms of help the people of Jalousie need, the aesthetic make-over is in tribute of deceased Haitian painter, Préfète Duffaut.
The Haiti government has spent $1.2 million on a paint job to improve the drab houses of Jalousie. The reason is houses face luxury hotels across the way in Petion-Ville. The government wants hotel guests to believe they are looking out onto a plush suburb instead of a slum.
Jalousie says it needs water, sanitation, and health clinics. The government says be patient; Jalousie will get their needs met when more money is freed up.
This is the view in Port-au-Prince, one of Haiti's biggest shantytowns,called jalousie. It is a large number pf homes located on a mountainside in the nation's capital. Currently, there is a project to paint them
Many people were employed to start painting the concrete facades of buildings in Jalousie slum in a rainbow of purple, peach, lime and cream. This idea was taken from the famous Haitian artist and Haitian painter Prefete Duffaut in his famous work "cities-in-the-skies".
This project is to cost the government $1.4 million