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MSU Engineers Without Borders presents documentary on work in Kenya, Dec. 1

November 19, 2010 -- MSU News Service


Drinking water is hauled by hand, sometimes several miles, in southwest Kenya. The student chapter of Engineers Without Borders at Montana State University is trying to change that by drilling wells in schoolyards. (Photo by Callie Blackwood.)   High-Res Available

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The Montana State University chapter of Engineers Without Borders will present a free screening of "The Water Carriers," a student made documentary about the group's work, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec 1, in the Procrastinator Theatre on the MSU campus.

EWB is a student-run organization providing clean water and sanitation facilities to schools in western Kenya. To date it has constructed seven wells and has installed five composting latrines. It has also held eyeglass clinics and conducted extensive research on household water use and quality in Kenya.

"The Water Carriers" is the story of Callie Blackwood, an MSU engineering student, and Nina Omwereme Oyamo, a 23-year old woman from the Shirali region of southwestern Kenya. The lives of these women intersect as Callie travels to Kenya with EWB. The film offers an insight into the work that EWB does as well as the culture of western Kenya. The film was made by Jaime Jelenchick, a graduate of MSU's Science and Natural History Filmmaking program.

A question and answer session hosted by EWB members will follow the film. The event is free and open to the public, although donations will be accepted.

For more information about EWB, visit: http://www.ewb-msu.org/