As the authorities in Haiti started to remove debries from the earthquake in Haiti, looters were busy looking for goods that were berried under the buildings.
People armed with machetes scuttled over debris as the security situation deteriorated following the earthquake. Aids workers were obligated to travel with security guards. Some of the people who were looting have not been eating for hours and in some instances, days
Here is a picture of metal piece created by Haitian artist. This shows you in what conditions the Haitian artist works in Haiti
This type of art in Haiti is made of recycled materials. The village of Croix-des-Bouquets is considered to be the capital as it has over dozens of artisan workshops producing beautiful pieces of this art. Recently, these artists received a support from the Clinton Global Initiative and Greif Inc. who donated over 40 tons of scrap metal to the artists working in Croix-des-Bouquets.
Here is a picture of the Haitian plastics recycling project, Ramase Lajan programme
The Haitian phrase "Ramase Lajan" literally means 'picking up money'. No other name could be more apt to describe this new opportunity creating program. Collections of tons of used plastic items, jugs, bottles overflowing the dumpsters or clogging the canals, and over 1,500 tons of plastic goods imported to Haiti, every month, have been translated into unique job opportunities by the 'Ramase Lajan' program. Plastics are seen as money rather than garbage. The program has created many local collection centers with fully equipped self-contained recycling storefront that sort the plastic grade and type-wise and send the sorted materials to the Haiti Recycling company in the capital city. In the past four years the program has created 26 centers and over 1,600 jobs, and around 80 million bottles have been collected to date.
Good Demen Haiti (GDH) is an arts organization dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk youth. Its activity is creation of personal, household, and business products made from recycled plastic.
This year GDH is making costumes and accessories for the Carnival of Flowers. House artist, Gumo Lormeus, will instruct how to create flowers from recycled plastic bottles in a five-step process.
GDH's purpose is to keep at-risk youth off the streets of Port-au-Prince and teach them life skills.
Good Demen Haiti (GDH), established in 2004, is a program for at-risk youth. A volunteer arts organization, it seeks to keep kids off the streets.
Artist Gumo Lormeus teaches the teens how to create art objects from recyclables. This year they will make costumes for the Carnival of Flowers, using plastic bottles. The order from the Ministry of Tourism is for 400 whistles, 200 dresses, and 200 hats. GDH also produces products for public and private consumption.
The Ministry of Tourism (MOT) has contracted with volunteer group, Good Demen Haiti (GDH), to provide Carnival costumes for 2013. The members, at-risk youth, design and assemble dresses, hats, and accessories from recycled plastic bottles.
Group leader, Gumo Lormeus, teaches how to deconstruct plastic bottles and create plastic flowers in a five-step process.
MOT has put in an order for 400 whistles and 200-each hats and dresses, to be made from plastic materials.