It all begins with water

The Obakki Foundation is not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation, focused on changing lives in Africa.

The organisation funds two major projects at once; educating people in Cameroon, and providing a safe, reliable water source in South Sudan. As the Foundation says: “With clean water, communities in Africa can do more than just survive; they can thrive.”

Africa’s population is as diverse as it is inspiring, yet the one aspect almost all communities on the continent share is a tenacity to survive. Many have faced unimaginable hardships, including war, famine, disease, water droughts, and aching poverty. Every day, thousands struggle to provide their villages and families with the most basic human needs.

This is why the Obakki Foundation exists. A safe, reliable source of water is the foundation for growth in all other areas of life.

I have been out to South Sudan with the Obakki Foundation twice now documenting the organisations progress in the country, and both times I have been stunned by how something so simple as water – something we all take for granted – can change lives.

What the Obakki Foundation is giving people their basic human rights – the ability to survive.

What is the Obakki Foundation?

It all begins with water; from there the work expands to include agricultural initiatives, school construction and educational support. It’s an ongoing process of development, monitoring and mentoring that sets us apart from others in the field.

Over the last three years, the foundation has provided over 500 water wells and brought water to more than 700,000 people. Personally, I think that’s something to be proud of.

In this video, ‘Obakki – Inspiration from South Sudan, Africa’, I have tried to show you just how important water is in this part of the world. It’s easy to talk about how different life is here, but actually seeing it with one’s own eyes heightens the importance.

I hope through my eyes you can see that for yourself.

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Brian Ceci is a cinematographer and photographer who has worked as a director of photographer for the past five years. He has travelled to over 25 countries and has volunteered in Cambodia, Cameroon and South Sudan.

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