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MSU students host Nov. 10 fundraiser for Kenya water project

October 28, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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A Montana State University student group that is working to bring clean water to a community in rural Kenya will host a fundraiser, "Africana 2011," at the Emerson Cultural Center Thursday, Nov. 10.

The evening will feature the premiere of a short documentary, "Meet Me Katikati," about the relationship between MSU students and community members in Khwisero, Kenya. It also will include African drumming, a question and answer session with the students, refreshments and a photo show featuring MSU student photography from Kenya.

"Meet Me Katikati" -- Katikati is Kiswahili for "in the middle" -- focuses on community-based change and the value of cultural exchange. Katie Ritter, an undergraduate student in MSU's School of Film and Photography, made the film.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the Country Bookshelf and at the door. Proceeds benefit the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter at MSU and its continuing work in Kenya. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the first screening beginning at 6 p.m.

EWB at MSU is a student-led effort to provide innovative community-based support to primary schools in western rural Kenya. Since 2004, more than 100 MSU students from many disciplines and majors have traveled to Khwisero, where they have built seven deep-water wells and 10 composting latrines in an effort to decrease the rate of waterborne illnesses. EWB's work also helps empower young students, especially girls, who are forced to spend hours each day collecting water for their families. As a result of the new wells, students spend less time walking to get water and more time in the classroom. Local support from the Gallatin Valley plays a direct role in the lives of community members in Khwisero, according to EWB leaders.

For more information, call Matt Smith at 431-1098 or email

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