Director: Cole Kawana
High school sophomore Cole Kawana saw how neighbors helped his grandparents when they were interned in WWII Japanese-American internment camps. So when Cole traveled to Rwanda to learn about the 1994 genocide, he wanted to find out how he could help his neighbors halfway around the world. He discovered that in addition to recovering from a devastating genocide, the country faced a common problem of many developing nations around the world - a lack of clean water. Cole brought water filters and taught people how to use them, creating clean water for an entire village. This documentary tells his story.
This teen-produced documentary resulted from an Investigative Journalism Adventure to Rwanda, a program of Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, California and Friendship Tours World Travel, and led by artist/educator Cheri Gaulke, Emmy Award-winning journalist/producer Jeff MacIntyre (Content Media Group), and history teacher Alethea Paradis. For more info about this and other trips, go to friendshiptoursworld.com. To see other films about Rwanda and Laos visit digitalstoryadventures.com.
Bio: Cole Kawana is currently a junior at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, California. In January 2014 he accompanied 14 students from his school on an Investigative Journalism Adventure to Rwanda to learn about the 1994 genocide. At 16-years-old Cole formed the Clean Water Ambassadors Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit aimed at delivering clean water to those in need. For more info: cleanwaterambassadors.org.