The venture began in 2009 when CAWST engaged photographer Cate Cameron and writer Melanie Jones to travel to Zambia, India, and Haiti to compile a collection of photographs and stories from people severely challenged by water and sanitation issues.
This exhibit is their photographic and narrative journey - the results of three months work in the field during the summer of 2009 and 2010. The artists worked in sub-Saharan Africa, southern India, and Haiti with CAWST's partner organizations - SHIP (Seeds of Hope International Partnerships), DHAN (Development of Human Action) Foundation, and PAIDEH (Programme d'Appui aux Initiatives du Développement Humain) - organizations that work directly with local families in these developing communities. SHIP and PAIDEH are part of a larger CAWST initiative, the WET Centre (Water Expertise Training Centre) project - a growing international network of incountry water and sanitation training centres designed to reach and educate more of the 1 billion people in need of safe water and sanitation worldwide.
Cate and Melanie's task was to document the lives and experiences of the people behind the world water crisis. Their mission was to tell the story behind the statistics and give both face and voice to the people living in the areas where CAWST works.