MEDAIR

Water and Sanitation October 2011

It is ten years since the Taliban lost power in Afghanistan, and since then over 800 billion dollars worth of Aid has flooded the country. But despite this, Afghanistan remains one of the poorest countries in the world; 92 % of the population have no proper sanitation; four out of five people have no access to safe drinking water. Over twenty percent of children under the age of five will die as a result of water related diseases. In October, 2011, I was asked to travel with the international NGO, Medair, to photograph their Water and Sanitation (WASH) programmes in the province of Bamyan in Western Afghanistan.

MEDAIR’s WASH teams have assisted over 40,000 people. They have provided communities with hygiene education, protected fresh water springs from contamination, built wells, latrines and stand pipes and encouraged communities to develop hygienic practices as part of their daily lives.

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  • Community members participate in a WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) meeting. Kate Holt.
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  • Community members participate in a WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) meeting in the village of Talaqul, Bamyan, Afghanistan, on the 19th October, 2011.
  • Community members participate in a WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) meeting in the village of Talaqul, Bamyan, Afghanistan, on the 19th October, 2011.
  • Community members participate in a WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) meeting in the village of Talaqul, Bamyan, Afghanistan, on the 19th October, 2011.
  • A view down one of the valleys in which Medair work near the the village of Talaqul. Kate Holt.
  • Small houses dot the landscape in valleys in which Medair have WASH projects throughout Bamyan. Kate Holt.
  • Yousef, who has six children, holds up his harvest of potatoes at his house in the village of Borlak Paein. Kate Holt.
  • Yousef, who has six children, holds up his harvest of potatoes at his house in the village of Borlak Paein. Kate Holt.
  • Women collect water from a stream in the village of Borlak Paein in Bamyan Afghanistan. Kate Holt.
  • A young girl feeds her goats in the village of Borlak Paein in Bamyan Afghanistan. Kate Holt.
  • Masomah, who was widowed when her husband was killed during the war with the Russians, poses for photographs. Kate Holt.
  • Masomah, who was widowed when her husband was killed during the war with the Russians, poses for photographs. Kate Holt.
  • A woman holds her child who is suffering from acute diarrhea in the district hospital in Panjob. Kate Holt.
  • Community members participate in a WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) meeting. Kate Holt.
  • A sewing machine, marked with the words Titanic, sits in the corner of a room. Kate Holt.
  • Community members participate in a WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) meeting. Kate Holt.
  • A young girl herds her sheep in the evening light near to the village of Bostock. Kate Holt.
  • A young girl herds her sheep in the evening light near to the village of Bostock. Kate Holt.
  • Young girls pose for a photograph near to a water pump installed by Medair. Kate Holt.
  • A girl leads donkeys while her father stands on the plough behind in a village in the region of Bamyan. Kate Holt.
  • The wife of Yousef, who has six children, washes potatoes at their house. Kate Holt.
  • Masomah, who was widowed when her husband was killed during the war with the Russians. Kate Holt.
  • Women take part in a WASH training, organised by Medair in the village mosque in Obuqa. Kate Holt.
  • Photos of the prophet Mohammed decorate the walls of a mosque where women take part in a WASH training. Kate Holt.
  • Women take part in a WASH training, organised by Medair in the village mosque in Obuqa. Kate Holt.
  • A woman holds her child who is suffering from acute diarrhea in the district hospital in Panjob. Kate Holt.
  • Amin, who is disabled and a widow, poses for a photograph in his home in the village near Panjob. Kate Holt.
  • Amin, who is disabled and a widower, poses for a photograph in his home in the village near Panjob. Kate Holt.
  • An old man carries food he has just harvested in a basket on his back up a hillside. Kate Holt.