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DelVal to host premiere of ‘QUENCH’ a documentary about the Maasai tribe’s struggle for water

Oct 08, 2014

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Credit: Maasai Cultural Exchange Project. A member of the Maasai tribe carries containers for water. 'QUENCH' a documentary about the Maasai, will premiere at Delaware Valley College October 16 as part of the College's Multicultural Week, which runs Oct. 13 through Oct. 17. Students for Diversity, a student organization, is sponsoring the screenings of 'QUENCH' as a community service project. Proceeds from the screenings will go toward helping the Maasai. 


On Thursday, Oct. 16, in collaboration with Students for Diversity and Alpha Phi Omega two Delaware Valley College student organizations, the Maasai Cultural Exchange Project (MCEP) will present "QUENCH," a documentary focusing on the lives and culture of the Maasai tribe of Kenya, East Africa. The half-hour documentary will be shown in the College’s Life Sciences Building auditorium on DelVal’s main campus, which is located at 700 East Butler Avenue in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. In attendance will be Francis ole Sakuda and Daniel Salau Rogei, Maasai representatives with Simba Maasai Outreach Organization, the nonprofit that coordinates programs with MCEP.

Screenings are scheduled at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 pm. Both screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions with Maasai leaders. From 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the public is invited for a reception with the Maasai guests. The suggested donation is $5.00 for students and seniors and $10.00 for adults for general admission. To reserve seating, visit www.maasaiculturalproject.org.
 
Students for Diversity, a Delaware Valley College student organization, is sponsoring this debut as its community service project. The club increases awareness for global cultures and hopes to raise funds for clean water and greenhouse projects for the Maasai. The Maasai Cultural Exchange Project, based in Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, is a tax-exempt organization supporting clean water, education and cultural awareness for the Maasai tribe.

The “QUENCH” screening is part of the College’s Multicultural Week, which runs Oct. 13 through Oct. 17. Students for Diversity, GLOW, Alpha Phi Omega and Minority Relations Council are hosting the Multicultural Week events, which are all free and open to the public.

Multicultural Week Schedule:

Caribbean Festival
DelVal Student Center, Moumgis Auditorium
Monday, Oct. 13 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Come enjoy cultural food, crafts, dance and entertainment. There will be prizes.

Gender and Sexual Orientation Panel
The Life Sciences Building, Room 201
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Join us for a student-facilitated discussion on sexual orientation. The panel will discuss discrimination, gender and sexual orientation differences and learning to accept others.

Diversity Panel
The Coffee House (located on the second floor of the Student Center)
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
This panel will focus on building diverse teams in the workplace. Outside employers from different cultural backgrounds will be talking about career opportunities, the hurdles that they may have run into and their expectations for hiring new employees.

Premiere of “QUENCH,” a documentary about the Maasai tribe’s struggle for water 
Thursday, Oct. 16 
Delaware Valley College Life Sciences Building
DelVal is working with the Maasai Cultural Exchange Project to do a first time release of “QUENCH,” a documentary about the Maasai tribe’s struggle for water. Proceeds from the event will raise money to help the Maasai tribe!

Screenings are scheduled at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Both screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions with Maasai leaders. From 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the public is invited for a reception with the Maasai guests. The suggested donation is $5.00 for students and seniors and $10.00 for adults for general admission. To reserve seating, visit www.maasaiculturalproject.org. Tickets will also be for sale at the door for the same prices. 

For more information about the screenings, please contact: Phyllis Eckelmeyer from the Maasai Cultural Exchange project at 215.794.8913 or at info@maasaiculturalproject.org.