National Geographic Creative photographer gives exclusive Austin exhibit to document work of local nonprofit
July 23, 2015
Greg Davis joins Well Aware to show water efforts in Africa
AUSTIN – A rare, one-night photographic exhibition from National Geographic Creative photographer Greg Davis and nonprofit Well Aware will be held in August to generate awareness for desperately needed water infrastructures in East Africa.
Award-winning photographer Davis traveled with Well Aware to Kenya in May to document the organization’s work rebuilding communities there through sustainable clean water systems. He photographed Well Aware’s implementation of a community well in Laikipia that now provides life-saving clean water to more than 4,000 people.
Fifteen special edition images from that trip will be curated and displayed during the one-night exhibition. The event, Journey of Clean Water for Life: Fine Art Photography by Greg Davis, National Geographic Creative, will be Aug. 21 from 7-10 p.m. at VUKA Austin.
It will also feature live music by Erin Ivey, catering by Steve Constantine of ChefATX, beer and wine, and Untouched Poetry by Ryan Ashley. Proceeds will be donated directly to Well Aware’s clean water systems. Additional event information is at bit.ly/GregDavisEvent. Davis is also selling additional limited-edition prints online of the Kenya trip at www.gregdavisphotography.com. Each print purchased gives 20 percent to Well Aware’s work. In addition to being a National Geographic Creative photographer, Davis is also a founding member of the Austin Centre for Photography and a Texas Photographic Society member.
MSNBC.com, Professional Photographer magazine and multiple exhibitions throughout the U.S. have featured his work.
“The photographs give a voice to those in need,” said Davis. “I hope these images will also give people a better understanding of the issues at hand and inspire them to get involved and support the great work that Well Aware is doing. Education, healthcare and disease-free water can be a way of life instead of a rarity.”
Well Aware selected the project in Laikipia because it was a neglected community with a broken borehole that previous implementers abandoned, said Sarah Evans, Well Aware executive director. Women walked 5 miles to the nearest water source - a contaminated dam – that spread water-related illnesses to the community. As a result, its medical clinic became inoperable, agriculture suffered, and children left school as disease rates increased and they were required to help carry water. With the help of Well Aware and its donors, the well gives fresh water to thousands and allows the clinic to serve up to 100 patients and the school holds 500 children daily.
Evans has become an international educator on water infrastructure. She is traveling to Haiti Aug. 8-13 to inform additional groups about sustainable water system construction and rehabilitation.
Evans is then speaking at Austin’s Social Media for Nonprofits conference at Austin CommunityCollege Aug. 18.
Well Aware has worked in East Africa for five years; Laikipia marks the nonprofit’s 26th water
About Well Aware
Well Aware is an Austin-based nonprofit that funds and implements clean water systems for impoverished communities in Africa. Well Aware is known for its sustainability model in building lasting water systems with high impact. The model combines community involvement, strategic non-governmental organization partnerships, technical expertise, and impact measurement to create sustainable solutions that drive economic development and nurture self-sufficient communities. For more information about Well Aware, visit www.wellawareworld.com.
PHOTO CUTLINES: This Greg Davis photograph of women harvesting berries in Kenya will be among the 15 curated for the exclusive Austin exhibit.
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