The photographs in this exhibition were created on assignment in Malawi during July 2008 for the NGO, Water for People. For this project, Tim Ryan worked in the southern district of Chikwawa, and the peri-urban areas surrounding the city of Blantyre. Malawi is a landlocked nation in southern Africa bordered by Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Lake Malawi. With an average per capita annual income of just $170, Malawi ranks among the world’s poorest and least developed nations. According to UNICEF estimates, 884 million people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water and 2.4 billion are without adequate sanitation facilities. Every day, nearly 6,000 people who share our planet die from water-related illnesses, and the majority are children. The nature of Tim Ryan’s work reflects his commitment to supporting efforts to meet the great humanitarian challenges of our time.