World Water Day: Highlighting Haiti
Written by Plant With Purpose on March 22, 2016 in General
One of the first things I do when I wake up is grab a glass of water from the kitchen.
Many Haitians walk 55 minutes for that same glass of water.
Access to water has become even more arduous for Haitians in the midst of a harsh drought. The United Nations reports that 3.6 million Haitians are food insecure, 1.5 million are experiencing severe food insecurity, and 200,000 are in a food emergency. Recently there has been a dramatic drop in crop production causing food prices to increase and making it difficult for families to find quality and affordable food. This drastic increase in food insecurity is connected to the drought, intensified by El Niño weather patterns, and is predicted to continue into next year.
Drought not only affects people’s health—around 22 percent of children under five in Haiti suffer from chronic malnutrition—but it also affects schooling, businesses, and the environment.
A 20-50 percent rise in corn prices and an 80-130 percent rise in price of beans are making it difficult for families to sell and buy products.
Crops are producing at 30-50 percent compared to last year, due to lack of water and unhealthy soil.
Plant With Purpose partners with communities in the most afflicted areas to inspire resilience and hope. In light of this year’s drought we have increased cistern construction and tree planting efforts to preserve and revitalize watersheds. Because of these efforts, Plant With Purpose partners walk 40 minutes to get to the nearest water supply while individuals in nonpartnering villages travel 55 minutes. Additional preventative measures to mitigate weather conditions are being put into place.