Water In Haiti

How can we increase the world's access to clean water?

History

It was the first Caribbean state to achieve independence. It was also the only nation in the world history born of a successful slave revolt. They had to deal with decades of poverty, environmental degradation, violence and political instability. Less than half of the world's population lives off of $1.25 a day. In 1492 the island of Hispaniola it was inhabited by the Taino Amerindians. In 1697 the Spanish settled on the island and then ceded the west and the central side to the French. There was a very big importation of slaves from western Africa. In the 18th century there were 500,000 Haiti slaves revolted and they started a rebellion. They were able to overthrow the colonial government and declared independence in 1804. Haiti has been plagued by instability and dictatorships.

Did you know?

  • "Voodoo is an integral part of Haitian culture, history, and identity" .
  • Taino named the island Ayiti which means the "Mountainous Land" .
  • Haitian Creole is based on French and it also contains influences from Taino and African languages. Also the language Portuguese, Spanish, and English

Citoya Story

Cityoa is a 7 year old girl who lives in Haiti. Every after noon she would have to walk hours to get a bucket of water. The water would last the whole rest of the day. Before they drink it they would have to boil the water. A few times a week they would have to walk back there to bathe or wash their clothes. Many kids would not be able to pay $10 just to go to school. She is very lucky because he does get it to go to school. Access to safe drinking water is a big problem in Haiti