Written and photographed by World Vision photographer Jon Warren
24-70mm lens, 1/320th at f/5, ISO 280
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Bikash, 29, tenderly places a marigold in the hair of his beautiful wife, Tumpa.
I raise my camera to record the loving moment that is so unexpected for a story about the impact of USAID-funded World Vision programs in Bangladesh. I knew I’d see improved health and water systems, economic and agricultural improvement, disaster preparedness and better governance — but a couple’s restored relationship? What a delight!
“We are not like we were before,” Tumpa says. Life changed after they enrolled in World Vision classes, including one for strengthening families.
Now, both serve on the water management committee, making sure their sand filter produces clean water for their community. Because of high levels of arsenic in the groundwater and salinity from encroaching seawater, filtration is their best drinking water solution. They’re determined to carry on the learnings to their 2-year-old son, Arko.
Many Bangladeshi women often trek four times daily to gather water, each trip taking up to an hour. Not Tumpa. Bikash zooms by, his bicycle loaded with water containers, so she doesn’t have to carry the burden.