Haiti has been hampered by an unfortunate mix of unstable governments and natural disasters, from mudslides to earthquakes. More than a third of the country lacked access to safe water before the quake struck Port-au-Prince in 2010. When it did, thousands fled to the countryside and water sources quickly became overstressed or contaminated.
Now, nearly 70% of Haitians lack direct access to potable water, and only 55% have access to an improved water source. Haiti is rebuilding and will be for years; sustainable clean water access is crucial for their recovery.