Searching for the Kiberan girl

It was December 13th 2003, the day that Saddam Hussein was captured, and Duncan Goose’s life would change forever. Nestled in amongst the mass coverage focusing on the Iraq war, The Guardian Newspaper printed a photograph of a Kenyan girl trying to collect water in Africa’s largest slum, Kibera – sat in the dirt next to a locked tap.

That image so horrified Duncan that he quit his job, re-mortgaged his house and created The One Foundation which would donate over $20 million to African water projects and the vulnerable communities so dependent upon them.

In 2012, with a decade of running One on the horizon, Duncan asked myself and Ian Spooner, Marketing Director for One, if we thought we might be able to find the girl that had inspired him to start the foundation in the first place.

And so began an 18 month project that enlisted the help of dozens of people across the globe, including Marco Longari, the original photographer, who had just been named Time’s ‘Wire Photographer of the Year’.

This documentary is the search for the Kiberan Girl from a photo that had changed so many lives, and the continuing struggle that the people of Kibera and Africa have in accessing the most basic of commodities, clean water.

The One Foundation/Personal
Kibera - Kenya, Malawi
Kibera, WASH, Sanitation, Water, SDG6, Malawi

Client feedback

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Toby over a number of years in a variety of countries on different projects. From the ‘softer’ side of Africa in countries like Malawi, to the more challenging regions of Northern Kenya and Turkana where communities have been decimated due to conflict or natural disasters, Toby has a natural gift and sensitivity for working with people which not only produces amazing results, but allows people to feel at ease being photographed or telling their own stories.

Ever the professional, Toby is always a pleasure to work with and as a traveling companion is one of the best people you could hope to be stuck in a 4×4 with on an 8 hour journey along bumpy roads.

We schedule our projects around Toby’s availability because we simply wouldn’t want to work with anyone else.

Duncan Goose
Founder of One Water and Director of The One Foundation