Tuesday, March 22nd
For Earth Day, Deep Springs celebrated by reminding our supporters and the public of the importance of water. Water, covering 71% of the earth's surface, is a resource that has been taken for granted until recently. Water is quickly moving to the forefront of environmental concerns, and for good reason.
We typically think of pollution as the main area of concern. But in countries like Haiti, deforestation is the main culprit. Haiti, once part of an island of lush tropical jungle, is now almostly completely deforested. The connection between forests and water supply has been clear to scientists for a long time. Once those trees are gone, not only is there less rainfall, but the surface water pattern changes also, as vegetation and topsoil are lost. Families who once had a reliable spring or small stream nearby, now have to walk two hours each way to fetch water.
Our focus on water, making sure that drinking water in the home is safe, is of key importance. But we also collaborate with other initiatives that help families improve their source of water. In addition, Haitians are learning the hard lesson about how important those trees are. Most rural Haitians still cut trees to produce charcoal for cooking - and this is the primary reason for deforestation in the past 50 years. We are supportive of all reforestation projects in Haiti, recognizing this as a key step in helping Haitians stabalize their water sources.
Photo credit: Partners in Health