2016 / Editorial / General News (Non-Pro)

Water Well

  • Company
    Independent Photographer
  • Photographer
    Kathleen Gerber

In a country in which 27% of the adult population has died of AIDs the results leaves more than a half a million children orphaned. “A Nossa Casa” is a holistic approach to this issue, going well beyond providing housing for the children. It is designed to expand and enrich the children’s lives with education, health care, food and nutrition, and vocational training. This past November I headed out to Mozambique as a volunteer geologist for the organization African Millennium Foundation (AMF) to oversee the drilling of a fresh drinking water well in support of this project. Even after providing tireless preparation, I didn’t anticipate the difficulties of drilling in Africa. The available equipment was old, rundown and undersized to drill more than 200 feet. In addition to the aging equipment we had to consider equipment failures, local customs, blessings and political holidays. While all this may have been frustrating, it ultimately gave me the chance to understand the greater breadth of what the project meant. The local community of Maluana now has a successful well installed which is also the cornerstone for the future village of “A Nossa Casa” Maluana, Mozambique

I have always appreciated photography have spent decades exploring and refining my eye for seeing, respecting, and capturing the beauty around me. In fact my journey with photography has exposed me to some amazing moments that frankly are not sufficiently captured with the lens but are powerful memories that stay with me. I have found myself drawn to photo essays since still photography is a powerful way to translate conditions and experiences between different cultures. I am motivated and dedicated to using my skills as a photographer to tell powerful and meaningful stories that evokes action