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film wins BAFTA award
SOS Children's Villages
May 23, 2011
Forgotten Children, broadcast on BBC2 in 2010, which told the story
of young sisters Esther and Tino and their struggle to survive,
has won the 2011 BAFTA for best Current Affairs documentary.
A year after
the film was first shown, the film crew returned to make a second
film charting Esther and Tino's progress since they arrived to live
at SOS Children's Village Bindura.
The first documentary
followed the daily lives of children growing up in the country as
they struggle to survive in dire conditions. Esther, nine, is HIV
positive and lives in a squatter camp just outside the capital Harare.
She lives in a small tent with her mother and her three-year-old
sister Tino, after the death of her father. The documentary follows
Esther as she spends her days caring for her mother who is suffering
from HIV/AIDS whilst also taking sole responsibility for the care
of her little sister. Food shortages, poor hygiene and lack of medical
facilities result in Esther and her sister frequently being ill.
After Esther's mother sadly passes away, the children come
under the care of their uncle. However, he does not provide adequate
care for the children, often leaving them alone outside in the heat
end of filming, the production team felt that Esther and Tino needed
an alternative care solution to ensure their long-term well-being.
After consultation with the girls' uncle, the production team
approached SOS Children to see whether we could help to provide
them with a new home in one of our communities in Zimbabwe.
Esther and Tino
came into the care of SOS Children's Village Bindura. Our
Village here has 15 family houses which provide a safe new home
and a family for life for 180 children. Esther and Tino now live
in House Ngoni, under the care of their SOS mother Kapurura. They
have SOS brothers and sisters who come from similar backgrounds.
When she first arrived, Esther was initially hesitant about the
Village. As her SOS mother says: "When they came here Esther
was saying: 'Am I staying here forever or am I staying here
for a few days and going back again?' Now that Esther knows
she has a safe home until she reaches independence, she feels reassured:
"I like being well looked after. I like that I eat well in
the evening and also in the afternoon and in the morning, and, at
the same time, I go to school."
Esther has started
attending school for the first time ever and is being given private
tutoring to help her to catch up. She says that she enjoys her lessons
and is determined to do well: "I like learning. I am good
at school. I will be a success. I will take my education to the
highest levels." Tino is attending the SOS Nursery on the
Village site, and although she is still very young, she has already
made significant progress since she arrived. Harold, the Village
Director, says: "I think she already begins to feel more confident."
The children will grow up in the Village and have a normal family
life. As Harold explains: "We try as much as possible to ensure
that the life of a child in an SOS family is the life of a typical
child anywhere else."
and Tino, up to one in four children in Zimbabwe are orphaned by
HIV/AIDS. Across Zimbabwe, SOS Children are giving a new home to
more than 500 children in our three Children's Villages. Three Family
Strengthening Programmes provide food, clothing, school fees and
medical treatment for more than 5,000 vulnerable and HIV/AIDS-affected
children and their families, supporting them to stay together. Find
out how you can help children like Esther and Tino by sponsoring
an SOS Children's Village in Zimbabwe.
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