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This is a promotional video for ABC Children’s International. Their main focus is to break the cycle of poverty through education. This video is focused on their ongoing projects and schools they have built in the Philippines as well as the children they impact. I volunteered to go and film their 10 locations on 5 different islands in some of the worst neighborhoods I’ve ever encountered. This was an amazing adventure and was invited into every community and home we came across with a hospitably and kindness I’ve never seen before.
This script describes a girl I followed for a day named Grace. We call her “Sarah” in the script. Her story is typical and paints the picture of what a child’s life is like and what it will continue to be without assistance to get them an education and provide a pathway to choices. I’m looking for a voice that is sincere but not over the top dramatic.
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Sarah opens her eyes to the warm rays of the sun peeking through the cracks in the walls of her family’s shelter. Other mornings she awakens to the rain leaking through the roof, but all of Sarah’s mornings are the same. She rubs her eyes, stretches her body and rises to face another day of uncertainty on the streets of Manila. Sarah steps out and grabs an empty bag without a murmur; not knowing when, where, or what will be her breakfast; or if there will be a meal at all.
Sarah first joins the rush to the nearest dumpsite, there she finds something to eat among the refuse, and with luck some plastic bottles that she can sell for a few coins. The bounty of the dump is usually as good as the day gets. Sarah will roam the streets until dark, looking for disposed off materials that can be salvaged for cash.
After hours of picking over garbage in alleys and gutters, hungry, thirsty and tired, Sarah is reduced to begging for food to keep herself going. Only the coming of darkness, and the danger that it represents to any child on the streets ends her ceaseless scavenging. On her way home, Sarah reviews her favourite memories of the day. These are always the scenes she witnesses through the gates and fences of the schools she passes. Sarah thinks about the children in beautiful school uniforms and shiny shoes lining up for class in the morning with their bags full of books, children her own age, laughing and playing in the yard with their friends and eating their lunches with their schoolmates.
Sarah’s favourite thing is to watch other children have a normal childhood; one you and I took for granted for ourselves, and one that we take for granted for our own children.
Sarah returns to her family’s shelter knowing full well that she is being left out, and that tomorrow will be exactly the same.
Sarah is one of the more than 13 million Filipino children who live below the poverty line. Over 200,000 of those children are estimated to live on the streets in urban areas across the Philippines. The real number of endangered children living on the streets is far higher. Each year, wave after wave of rural families move to Manila and other urban centers in the desperate hope of a better life. All too many end up without hope; homeless and jobless, and in their despair, the family structure is shattered. The harsh realities of the urban poor are staggering. In the face of such insurmountable odds children are deprived of the most basic rights of an education and a normal childhood.
The rising cost of education makes it difficult for millions of Filipino children to go to school. The law exempts the poor from paying direct school fees, but the heartbreaking cost of books, transportation, canteen fees, uniforms, shoes and other goods and services destroy the dream of earning an education before untold numbers of children ever set foot inside a classroom.
ABC Children’s Aid believes that these children, like all children, if provided the right opportunities, and given even the slightest encouragement, can become the teachers, doctors, journalists, engineers and politicians of the future. ABC Children’s Aid’s mission is simple. Education is the path that leads out of these appalling conditions. Since 1988 ABC Children’s Aid has proven year after year that education breaks the cycle of deprivation and poverty, and instills in its beneficiaries the will to help others do the same.
Since 1988, ABC Children’s Aid has been reaching out and providing opportunities to thousands of indigent children to receive formal education. There are millions of children in need of such help and ABC Children’s Aid is dedicated to continue reaching out to them ONE CHILD AT A TIME. Currently ABC Children’s Aid is operating pre-schools, elementary schools, and high schools in different parts of the Philippines. ABC also runs a facility for street children that provides informal education and addresses the immediate needs of the children on the street with the goal of helping them re-integrate into a normal way of life.
Faced with big challenges and growing needs, ABC Children’s Aid invites you to become a partner. With your contributions, donations, sponsorships and involvement, ABC can reach many more children living under similar or even worse conditions than those of Sarah’s. NOW IS THE TIME TO OPEN OUR HEARTS AND START MAKING A DIFFERENCE. There are many ways you can help. You can sponsor a child with monthly support, give a one time donation for construction of school rooms, and facilities or contribute towards school supplies and meals program. To select a child, make a donation, or just learn more, we invite you to visit our web-site www.abcchildrensaidusa.org
Donations may be mailed to:
ABC Children’s Aid USA
2280 Grand Central Parkway 17-2
Orlando, Florida 32839
ABC Children’s Aid USA is a 501 (c) 3 approved organization and your donations and contributions are tax deductible. ABC Children’s Aid assures you that timely updates will be given to you on your sponsored child and or any other contributions.
Please join hands with abc children’s aid and start making a difference in the lives of these precious children, tomorrow may be too late for some of them, the time when you can make a difference is now.
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