Photographing the living conditions and water quality of Burmese workers for WaterAid in the Hlaing Thar Yar area of Yangon, Myanmar.
Swimming in Hlaing Thar Yar
Three children making the most of flooding in the Hlaing Thar Yar industrial zone.
Su Hlaing Hnin
Su Hlaing Hnin is one of 6 young siblings and cousins sharing an apartment with their mother and father. They all work in the same factory in Hlaing Thar Yar.
Su Hlaing Hnin's relative, who works in the same factory in Hlaing Thar Yar.
Another relative of Su Hlaing Hnin works on the same line as her at the factory in Hlaing Thar Yar.
Hlaing Thar Yar industrial zone
The Hlaing Thar Yar industrial zone viewed from the large bridge over the Yangon river. From a distance the area is lush & green, disguising the garbage and flooding the covers much of the land.
Burmese girl with thanaka
A Burmese girl with beautiful thanaka applied to her face.
Statue of Liberty
Washing clothes in a housing block
There is no running water in most of Hlaing Thar Yar, so washing clothes must be done with filthy groundwater, collected rainwater or in heavily polluted lakes and streams.
Mother and child
Worker dormitory block
This block houses 120 people, among them Than Than Swe. There is no running water and 60 people on each floor share one dark, filthy kitchen and three squat toilets.
Garbage disposal in Hlaing Thar Yar
Hlaing Thar Yar, like most of Myanmar, has a thriving economy around the private retrieval and disposal of waste, as municipal authorities are either unable or unwilling to collect everything.
Hlaing Thar Yar husky
Household leader My Myo Myint
My Myo Myint is the elected leader of 100 households in Hlaing Thar Yar, and deals mainly with domestic and financial issues.
Hlaing Thar Yar football
The manager of the dormitory in which three of the workers share a room. While he was helpful and friendly, there are still strict rules he enforces with his residents, particularly the young women.
A Burmese woman washing clothes outside her home, using water from a groundwater pump. This is fit for washing, but not for drinking or cooking with.
Ei Ei Aung, Myo Myo Thein & Htet Htet Cho, three migrant workers from Ayerwaddy region. The two sisters and a cousin came to Yangon together to look for work, and share one tiny room in a dormitory of 72 people. They work six days a week from 8am to 5pm, but are currently choosing to work from 8am to 7pm as they receive 650 kyat ($0.50) for each hour of overtime. They have no time for socialising or partners.
Dripping overflow tap from a rainwater basin
A polystyrene battleship sits amidst flooding in the front yard of a resident of Hlaing Thar Yar.
Myat Su Mon
18 year-old worker Myat Su Mon poses in the door of her family home, which is a two room wooden shack shared by 6 people costing 40,000 kyat ($35) a month.
Street dogs sit amidst garbage
Children playing in Hlaing Thar Yar
Flooded streets in Hlaing Thar Yar
Hlaing Thar Yar is flooded for much of monsoon season, as drainage systems are almost non-existent. This brings a host of health problems to the area, with TB and dengue fever particularly rife.
Myat Su Mon's sister
One of the 5 people who share a house with Myat Su Mon, an 18 year-old worker.
View from Su Hlaing Hnin's apartment
The apartment is one of the nicer ones in Hlaing Thar Yar, which has an astonishing range of quality of housing. 8 people share this two bedroom apartment, which is much better than most in the area. The price (150,000 kyat or $140 a month) reflects this.
WaterAid subcontractors test water quality
WaterAid subcontractors tasked with testing the water quality in each worker's home that they visit.
Hlaing Thar Yar house
The ground in the area is flooded for the entirety of monsoon season.
Ei Ei Aung's bedroom
Ei Ei Aung, her sister and her cousin share this bare, single room, and 70 people share the three toilets available. There is no running water.
Hlaing Thar Yar outhouse
Garment worker interview
Penny Dutton of WaterAid and her colleagues sit in the home of garment worker Myu Sat Mon while conducting a water quality test.
Cooking in Than Than Swe's dormitory
Each dark, filthy kitchen in Than Than Swe's dormitory is shared by 60 people.
Su Hlaing Hnin's family
Three garment workers with their mother and father. Their busy working life affords them little time to rest and relax.
Than Than Swe
Worker Than Than Swe sits on the floor of the room she rents in a 120-person dormitory in Hlaing Thar Yar, Yangon. She shares the small, dark room with 3 other people.
Hlaing Thar Yar birthday party
A Hlaing Thar Yar resident celebrates his birthday by inviting his neighbours to his gaudily decorated house.