Water First

Directed by Amy Hart, 25 min., U.S.A., Bullfrog Films

Through the inspiring story of Charles Banda, a local fireman turned waterman who has drilled over 8OO wells for impoverished communities in Malawi, it becomes apparent why clean water should be first if we are genuinely committed to reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and reducing poverty and the suffering it causes in developing nations. The MDGs are a set of goals that the UN committed to in the year 2000. The goals address the need to reduce poverty and hunger, achieve universal education, empower women, combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases and build partnerships for development. As Charles Banda articulates, it is impossible to achieve any of these goals without putting water first.