Traveling Photo Exhibition Highlights Need for Clean Water in Africa

Ottawa, Canada, August 12, 2010 --( WaterCan is bringing its development work in Africa to the doorsteps of Canadians through the powerful images of Peter Bregg, internationally renowned photographer. Water for Life: An African Photo Exhibit was launched at a private celebration hosted by The Honourable Peter Milliken, M.P, Speaker of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in celebration of World Water Day (March 22, 2010). The exhibition, now on display at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, is expected to visit 12 Canadian cities over the coming year.

The exhibit features forty original photographs taken by Mr. Bregg during his travels to WaterCan project sites during the fall of 2009, where he captured the impact of the global water and sanitation crisis and WaterCan’s work at the local level. Through this nationwide exhibit tour, WaterCan hopes to deliver its important message to a broad Canadian audience.

“The photographs capture and honour the spirit of life in east African communities and illustrates the multiple benefits of clean water and sanitation in the fight against global poverty,” notes Ms. Trudeau, who has, herself, traveled to eastern Africa with WaterCan.

The world water crisis is one of the most lethal public health emergencies of our time, and condemns hundreds of millions to struggle for survival at the subsistence level.

Around the world, 890 million people—about a seventh of the world’s population— don’t have access to clean drinking water.

Each year, some 1.5 million children under the age of five die from water and sanitation-related diseases. This accounts for a greater loss of life amongst this age group than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined.

As a result, healthcare costs soar, countless school and working days are lost, and communities around the world sink deeper into poverty.

WaterCan would be pleased to provide further resources, a selection of Mr. Bregg’s photographs, biographies, quotes and interviews, etc. Visit for further details.

Contact: Andrea Helfer
Public Engagement and Communications Coordinator, WaterCan
321 Chapel Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 7Z2
Tel: 613-230-5182, ext. 229
Cell: 613-314.9216

WaterCan is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to providing clean water, basic sanitation, and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people. Since its creation in 1987, WaterCan has assisted more than 1.2 million people, breaking the cycle of poverty and disease and dramatically increasing opportunities for health, education, gender equality and economic growth. For more information, please visit

Andrea Helfer
613-230-5182, ext. 229