â€˜I am 5 years old. I live up in the mountain. Only once every two three weeks, my mother brings my brother and I to the river at the bottom of the mountain for bathing.â€™ This boy, whose hands are as dark as charcol, lives in one of the thousands villages on earth where tap water doesnâ€™t exist. Access to clean water is one of the most primal human needs that many live without. Today 2.5 billion people, including almost one billion children, live without even basic sanitation. Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness.
Frances Tong focuses on finding meaning in landscape and people. Her passion for nature and people brings her to some of the most remote places in China, Japan and Europe. Her works were exhibited in San Francisco, Hong Kong and Shanghai. She is devoted to using her camera to raise awareness on mindful living as a way to address humanitarian and environmental issues. Frances won the honorable mention in the Nikon 18th Annual Photo Contest in California, 1998.