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Water is Key

Water is Key

A Better Future for Africa
Balcony Press

By Gil Garcetti


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Of all the many challenges facing the inhabitants of the African continent, there is one elemental need regularlyoverlooked by the industrialized world. Award-winning photographer Gil Garcetti has created an important visual document intended to show the world why Water is Key. The book contains eighty compelling black-and-white photographs that illustrate the immediate need for safe water and the dramatic results that can be achieved through the help of world leaders, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and involved citizens. Short essays by leaders such as President Jimmy Carter and outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan are accompanied by quotes from NGO staff and West African villagers themselves. A foreword by Steve Hilton, president of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, describes the foundation's important safewater relief efforts in Niger, Ghana, Mali, and Burkina Faso. A directory of NGOs and safe water projects in West Africa is included. Gil Garcetti intends Water is Key to be a call to action and plans to spend a substantial part of his energies in the next two years to making his campaign a successful one. All of his royalties from bookstore sales of this book will be donated to a safe-water NGO.

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Size: 12 x 13 in;
Pages: 112 pp;
80 black and white images
Format: Hardcover
Publication: September 2007
ISBN: 9781890449452
ISBN10: 1890449458
Gil Garcetti is the author and photographer of the books Iron: Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dance in Cuba, and the limited edition folio of images Frozen Music. He was a member of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for thirty-two years and served as the elected District Attorney from 1992 to 2000.