23 February 2023
Living with Less: Lessons Learned from the Dry Season
As someone who has lived through several dry seasons during my time in Haiti, I know firsthand how challenging this time of year can be. The lack of rainfall and extreme heat can make everyday tasks feel like insurmountable obstacles. However, there are ways to prepare and survive the dry season with grace and resilience.
One important factor to consider when preparing for the dry season is the collection and storage of water. In my experience, it's essential to begin collecting rainwater early in the wet season, and to store it in large barrels or tanks for later use. It's also crucial to have a plan in place for distributing and using the water, so that it lasts throughout the dry season.
Another way to prepare for the dry season is by planting drought-resistant crops. This can include crops such as corn, beans, and cassava, which can survive on minimal water. In addition, it's important to plan ahead for the storage and preservation of crops that are harvested during the wet season, so that they can be consumed during the dry season when fresh produce is scarce.
In terms of personal survival, staying hydrated and cool is crucial during the dry season. I've found it helpful to drink plenty of water and other hydrating fluids, and to stay in the shade during the hottest parts of the day. It's also important to dress in light, breathable clothing and to avoid exerting oneself during the hottest hours.
Lastly, coming together as a community is essential for surviving the dry season. In my experience, sharing resources and helping each other out can make all the difference in the world. This can include sharing water and food, as well as supporting each other emotionally during the challenging times.
At the end of the day, living through the dry season in Haiti can be incredibly challenging, but with proper preparation and planning, it is possible to survive and thrive. Collecting and storing water, planting drought-resistant crops, staying hydrated and cool, and coming together as a community are all essential for making it through this difficult time. As someone who has lived through it, I know firsthand that with a little resilience and perseverance, it is possible to overcome the challenges of the dry season and emerge stronger on the other side.