For most Americans, Kenya conjures up images of wildlife safaris and Masai warriors. But behind the tourist gloss is a country troubled by a lack of one of the most basic human necessities - clean drinking water.
Join 24-year-old Callie Blackwood as she and a team of Montana State University students from Engineers Without Borders (EWB at MSU) travel to a rural village in southwestern Kenya to bring clean drinking water to more than 1,000 students at two schools.
During the trip, Callie learns young girls and women bear the burden of supplying the village with water, a job that over a lifetime deprives them of hundreds of hours of education. In the process, she meets Nina Omwereme Oyamo, a Kenyan woman just a year younger than her. As EWB at MSU's water project progresses, Nina opens up her life and heart to this stranger. Together they run into a variety of daunting obstacles, including language barriers, cross-cultural stereotypes and the pitfalls of international development work. A captivating documentary filled with courage, humor and determination, "The Water Carriers" follows Callie's journey as she learns first-hand what it means to be one of the water carriers.