Thursday, March 21, 2013

Drink Local Drink Tap to Celebrate World Water Day With Film Premiere

Erin Huber is rich, but not in the way you'd think. The executive director and founder of Drink Local. Drink Tap., a nonprofit that connects communities to local clean water sources, says her wealth doesn't come in the form of money, but rather from having clean drinking water.

Since being featured as one of our 2012 Most Interesting People, she has been working with Laura Watilo Blake and Tom Kondilas to produce a documentary about her journey to share the wealth of water with St. Bonaventure Primary School for orphans in Mulaji Village, Uganda, by installing a new well in the village.

The documentary,
Making Waves from Cleveland to Uganda, will have its world premiere tomorrow, on World Water Day.

The celebration will begin before the film is even screened. At the Greater Cleveland Aquarium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local students will be led on a guided tour of the aquarium, stopping at eight stations for hands-on learning about fresh water. The stations will engage students in activities such as the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District's
Family Feud-style game, which will test their knowledge of facts about watersheds, runoff and other water-related facts. All the while, the students will be carrying two-liter jugs of water similar to those that children in Africa have to carry for several miles to bring water to their villages. 

"It’s a way to think about and remember that there are other people searching for heavy, unsafe water on a daily basis just to survive," explains Huber.

Drink Local. Drink Tap. will engage adults with its World Premiere FUNdraiser at Tower City from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The event includes a guest photo-op area, West African dancers and sustainable seafood donated by Pier W catering. The Terminal Tower will be lit up blue to commemorate the event. Once the festivities quiet down, there will be a screening of the recently completed documentary. Check out the trailer
here.

"We hope that people will understand how wealthy they really are in Cleveland to have the water wealth of the Great Lakes," says Huber.

Memories are what fills Huber's bank account. One of her fondest memories is of a child in Uganda who said, "Miss Erin, you brought us water and water is life. You brought us life."  

2 comments:

Craig Budreo said...

This young lady needs more recognition than she has received. Hopefully this will start the process. National Geographic needs to recognize her.

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