Water for Gambia

In the fall of 2014, I headed to The Gambia, West Africa, as a humanitarian photographer with an international NGO. Though the organization has a hand in emergency relief, religious studies, education for orphans, and more, it was their work building water wells that interested me the most. Many Gambian communities have little access to water; children as young as four years old must walk several miles a day for water, losing time they could be spending learning, playing, or helping their families. With this series, I aimed to capture not only the hard labor and need associated with the new wells, but the pure delight and excitement our well-building team encountered in every village.