Thursday, June 21, 2012

Water

Phoenix's legendary summer heat - months of brutally hot temperatures with daytime highs above 105 and nighttime lows that don't get below 90 - are hard on anyone who has to do anything outdoors. But the weather is especially hard on the homeless and street people. They don't have a sanctuary to avoid the blast furnace like conditions on the street and they frequently don't have access to clean, cold drinking water. 

Compounding the problem is that they frequently have other health issues or chronic diseases made worse by the heat. Several civil society groups, like "I Will Listen" reach out to people on the street and provide them with fresh food, including fruit, and cold drinks.

These photos were made at an "I Will Listen" water station in central Phoenix, practically in the shadow of the State Capitol, Wednesday afternoon. There are more photos in my archive