Tweed’s Kenya mentoring project hits the big screen

Girls collecting water from the Manyasi Dam in a scene from the documentary The Flow-On Effect.

Girls collecting water from the Manyasi Dam in a scene from the documentary The Flow-On Effect.

The story of the Tweed Kenya Mentoring Program, a Tweed Shire Council-driven initiative to provide safe drinking water in remote Kenyan communities, will be told in a documentary screening in Murwillumbah next week.

The special community screening of the feature-length film will be held at the Regent Cinema on Thursday, 30 July, at 7pm in the lead-in to this year’s Local Government Week.

‘It’s a chance to give supporters of the Tweed Kenya Mentoring Program further insight to the initiative and its achievements,’ a coordinator for the TKMP project, Tom Alletson, said.

‘However, we’re inviting all members of the community to come along and enjoy the film, to see what the program has achieved over the past 10 years and gain a different insight to the lives of people living in the Siaya region of western Kenya.’

The documentary, entitled The Flow-On Effect, focuses on the program’s Safewater 6 project, completed in Siaya in 2014, but explores TKMP’s evolution throughout the past decade.

TKMP emerged from a chance meeting between a Kenyan social worker and former Council General Manager Mike Rayner and has evolved into an enduring relationship which has brought water filtration and other health initiatives in several Siayan communities.

Tickets are $10 and are available from Council’s offices in Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads, by contacting Council on (02) 6670 2400 and from the Regent Cinema, 5 Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah (02) 6672 8265.

All proceeds from the screening will go to the Tweed Kenya Mentoring Program.


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