Children from the Film
Obert, Esther & Tino
Our Education Project started with these three children after receiving enough donations from viewers to change their lives. But we did not stop there – we continued to fund raise and have since managed to get over one thousand more children back into school. More information can be found here.
Obert - Then
Obert is widely known in his area for being one of the most intelligent boys in the school, yet we see his grandmother reduced to pleading for mercy not to have him sent home, because she cannot pay 50 cents! Obert is acutely aware of what an education can do for him when he says… “As a child I don’t think poor children should be chased away from school. The law that means children are sent home is bad, we should just be able to learn…
Esther - Then
Nine year old Esther was responsible for looking after her two year old sister and her dying mother who has HIV/AIDS. Attending school is a dream far out of her reach since they both depend on her solely. She tells us of her daily routine in the most angelic voice, which includes “cleaning her mother when she poos herself” and talks about the hopelessness of her life when her mother dies – “I told her when she dies I will get into the grave with her. I just want mummy looking after us and sending us to school
Grace - Then
Grace lives with her younger sister and father in a township just outside of Harare. They survive by searching for plastic bottles in rubbish dumps and depositing them at the local market. Grace and her sister are sent home from school on the first day of term. With tears streaming down her face she explains “If I cannot go to school, I won’t have a good life, because I won’t have had an education”.
Obert - Now
After missing school for nearly two years, Obert still managed to pass the difficult entrance exam into a top boarding school. He works hard and achieves exceptional grades – we are very proud of him! Obert’s dream is to get a funding scholarship to become a doctor, so he can give back to the same neglected communities he came from. He returns home to his hut to spend every holiday with his loyal and proud grandmother (Gogo) and friends. Obert’s only request is to… “please carry on assisting the school which I came from so the children can have a better chance at life”
Esther - Now
After their mother died, and they were left in the care of their abusive uncle, we managed to secure a family home for Esther and Tino at SOS Children’s Villages. Having the comfort of a caring guardian and mother means that Esther has been relieved of the burden of looking after her little sister. She is now a happy and cheerful child, thriving well and excelling in school. Esther is taking her ARV medication and receiving good nutrition to combat the effects of HIV/AIDS which was passed to her by her mother. Fortunately Tino did not contract the disease and is in good health. Both girls have a very bright future ahead of them and hopes are already high for Esther to attend the SOS University in Ghana
Grace - Now
Grace and her sister, Michelle, still live in their family home. Sadly, their father died not long after the film was aired and since their mother abandoned them at a young age, we have provided a guardian maid to look after them and assist their elderly, blind grandfather. Both girls attend their local school every day and receive counseling to help them through the trauma of the last few years. We hope to continue supporting and looking after them until they complete school and a vocational training diploma.