About 700 million people around the world lack access to safe, clean water. I know this number by heart but still find surprise and sadness at its magnitude. A glass of water that won't make you sick, a shower that will make you clean - these are basic dignities that every human should have. In all that humanity has achieved, how does the water crisis remain unsolved?
BENJAMIN HEATH has been honored to spend the last few years documenting WATER.ORG'S efforts to do just that. Witnessing the change in quality of life a family receives from having access to safe water has been a special experience.
" A public water collection point. A long walk for rain and runoff to be carried home and boiled. "
" Birr are counted at a micro finance bank in Boditi. Small loans, a few hundred dollars, are borrowed and used to fund construction of water systems like Semambo's rain catchment tank. Then, with time saved from daily water collection, the women of these communities are free to seek employment, start their own business, and/or ensure their children receive an education. "
" If these photographs moved you if you felt a connection with these women and their families, I'd love for you to take the small step of donating at least $25 to WATER.ORG'S here. In exchange for your kindness, I will send you an 8x10 print of your choice of the neat giraffes below. Forward me your email receipt from Water with your address at email@example.com. " -- BENJAMIN HEATH [source]