Deforestation in Haiti has caused periodic droughts and floods throughout the country, ruining crops for struggling small farmers. As it is often the only source of income and nutrition in Haiti, the ability to grow food is crucial for rural villagers to survive. The Hotes Foundation is working hard to fix this issue. In 2015, the Hotes Foundation sponsored a cistern-building project where Haitian volunteers worked alongside trained masons to dig and pave a 30,000-gallon open-air cistern. The cistern collects rainwater for watering crops that are harvested for the feeding program in the village and reforestation projects in the surrounding land. The first cistern was so effective that the Hotes Foundation built a second one!