Every human deserves access to clean water. Yet for some impoverished countries, developing the proper infrastructure to provide water is not properly addressed. With almost 24 million people, Mozambique is one such nation – nearly 40% of its population lives without clean water.
In Mozambique, residents without a proper water source usually access creeks and swamps to bathe, wash clothes and collect drinking water. Another alternative is to dig holes near tree roots and wait for water to pool. These options are neither viable nor healthy; water availability can be sporadic, and the source is usually contaminated from wildlife and waste streams.
The local government and its entities do not have the adequate resources to supply clean water. Therefore, much of the burden for developing a quality infrastructure falls on international organizations that are eager to tackle the challenge and make a positive difference.
There is promise for a sustainable water environment, but until more organizations become involved and the government accepts responsibility for implementing a system, sustained clean water for Mozambique residents is a fleeting endeavor.
Most stories captured in photos do an amazing thing – they evoke emotion, and they draw attention to a serious problem in the world by granting access and educating. By doing so, viewers then understand an issue, and they feel remorse for those affected. But with a non-profit organization, it is imperative to not only show the situation, but also what the organization does to address it.
Prior to becoming a photographer, I worked as a mechanical engineer for an international construction company. For five years in third-world countries, I tackled issues with biological agents, weaponry and scientific practices. Introducing western mentality / business practices and getting another country to buy into them is no easy feat. Those affected on the ground must comprehend why an organization does what it does. Furthermore, they need to witness the tangible output.
Mozambique residents understand the convenience and benefit of clean water coming from a well and pump. However, they might not understand why a foreign entity travels 9,000 miles to help a remote village. This essay is about showing a problem, how a giving organization assists, the realization that challenges still exist, the hope that lingers for a better future and what it might feel like to be on the receiving end.
There is a water crisis in remote parts of Mozambique, and non-profit organizations are doing their best to utilize funds and expertise to combat it. Watching people immediately access clean well water and seeing how they integrate it into their daily lives is extremely rewarding. But more work must still be done.
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