Terre Noire's Daily Struggle for Water

by: Meredith Maines
April 25, 2013

Imagine believing you would die before your community could drink clean water—burdened by an entire life of suffering. Animals defecate in the river where you gather water to drink, cook and clean. In the dry season, even this contaminated water is hard to find, so you must walk even farther—several hours a day—hauling water for your family from another dirty source.

This is the reality for families in Terre Noire, Haiti. Follow their journey for water through this gallery. Then visit to learn how you can help change lives—and restore hope—with clean water.

Terre Noire sits in Haiti's Cabaret district—the area where people migrated to escape Port au Prince's 2010 earthquake. In rural areas like this, less than half of the population has access to an improved water source—one that still might not be safe.

But it's not enough just to provide first-time water access. Communities like Terre Noire need the support of community organizers, sanitation and hygiene educators, well drillers and church mobilizers.

Please help us mobilize our teams to restore life and hope to Terre Noire—and places like it throughout the developing world.