Participants: Terry Benedict (Host)
Series Code: HIM
Program Code: HIM000019
00:21 India is a land full of contrast.
00:25 It's a land of great mystery and beauty.
00:29 It's a land of unspeakable despair,
00:32 but traveling through India one thing is for sure,
00:35 it's a land filled with people
00:37 who should never be underestimated.
00:41 For the last 40 years,
00:42 Asian Aid has invested in the futures of people
00:45 who have never been given such a chance,
00:47 and their investment has proven infinite returns.
00:52 Driven by the vision of Helen Eager,
00:54 dedicated to helping those who have the least.
00:57 Asian Aid is an organization implementing
00:59 diverse development projects
01:01 and sponsoring thousands of children.
01:04 Their outreach expands from Bangladesh to Nepal,
01:07 Sri Lanka and beyond, from remote villages
01:11 and empty fields to sprawling centers of education
01:15 from nothing to the unimaginable.
01:19 Now Asian Aid decided to document
01:21 the work it has been doing in all these years
01:23 with a desire to show the world what is possible.
01:27 By digging wells in remote villages
01:29 for clean drinking water,
01:30 and bringing much needed healthcare
01:32 to the women of Nepal.
01:34 By providing an education for orphans,
01:37 deaf and blind children,
01:38 giving them a sense of place, a home,
01:41 but what we really discovered was being given was hope.
01:45 Giving hope to children, giving hope to women,
01:50 giving hope to the ones who needed the most.
01:54 This is Hope in Motion.
02:06 I want to become doctor
02:08 because I want to help the other people.
02:29 [speaking in foreign language]
02:59 These kids are like any other kids.
03:04 They sleep and they dream
03:08 only for these kids it's on top of each other.
03:16 In that small room we have to sleep,
03:19 42 girls in that room and we are not adjusted there
03:23 and it is not enough place to sleep there.
03:30 Sleeping on the floor in the cold season
03:33 and they are getting chest cold.
03:38 These are the kids at Sunrise Orphanage.
03:44 They live by a cesspool of trash and sewerage,
03:47 a breading ground for mosquitoes.
03:51 We are getting scared about the children health.
03:54 Due to the mosquitoes they are getting malaria...
03:59 We are little dismayed by their surroundings to say the least.
04:03 Yeah, when we realized where they started out.
04:06 It's easy to see how far they have come.
04:10 But there is no denying how far they still need to go.
04:23 Asian Aid asked our film team to come to Bobbili,
04:26 near the central east coast of India
04:28 to see the Sunrise Orphanage home,
04:31 a small rented building on the outskirts of town.
04:34 As an outsider looking in,
04:36 there's something immediately appealing about these kids.
04:40 It's hard to put your finger on it
04:42 until you meet the couple that have dedicated their lives
04:44 to taking care of them.
04:46 Meet Lolitha, the director of Sunrise
04:49 and her husband Varma, a top Asian Aid field officer,
04:53 they introduced us to the kids.
05:06 Their smiles and demeanor seemed outshine
05:08 their trouble pasts like Hannah, a servant girl
05:11 who witnessed her father killing her mother.
05:14 And Rosey, an aspiring singer
05:16 whose parents both died of AIDS,
05:19 each with their own story.
05:22 These kids have every reason to despondent,
05:24 sad or problematic, but they are not.
05:28 Each one has dream of becoming something
05:30 great when they grow up.
05:32 As we get to know each kid the thought accursed us,
05:36 "Why would Asian Aid want us to see this place?"
05:40 It doesn't seem right that this is
05:41 what they are living across from.
05:44 But Varma reminds us of Asian Aid's ambitious mission,
05:47 "Help the least of the least."
05:49 And how it wasn't always like this here at Sunrise,
05:52 the need is tremendous and growing.
05:54 Need is more in this area, why?
05:57 Most of the people is illiterates.
06:00 Most of the children, they simply,
06:01 they will run here and there on the roads
06:03 without food and proper clothes.
06:05 This is a backwards area,
06:06 there is no proper income for the people,
06:09 no proper education,
06:10 the most of the children are becoming orphans.
06:13 Orphans are becoming more and more and more and very year.
06:16 We started the orphanage
06:17 with the small orphanage with 3 children,
06:19 that 3 children went up to the 7 children.
06:21 The orphan rate is more than facility is very less.
06:29 Varma takes us to the near by slums of Bobbili
06:32 to have a look at the need for ourselves.
06:56 Unfortunately, it doesn't take long to see the need
07:00 Varma had been telling us about.
07:03 So you can see the little boy here,
07:04 he looks very anemic.
07:06 He lost his mother recently with uterus cancer.
07:10 Right now, immediately he need a sponsorship
07:13 and we need to take him to the Sunrise Home right now,
07:15 but there is no accommodation,
07:17 no place, no room in Sunrise Home.
07:23 Varma and Lolitha want to take them all in,
07:27 but they just can't.
07:28 It's hard to bear when there is so much at stake.
07:32 These children they used to roam here and there,
07:36 but where as if they come here they have to study,
07:39 they have to eat and evening they have to come.
07:43 Their life is different here.
08:00 When we are going to school, it is very difficult to walk
08:04 because many cars will come and...
08:09 it is very difficult.
08:16 I was scared while children going to school
08:19 because it's very busy road,
08:21 some motorbikes, some may hit.
08:26 Well, here we are in the town of Bobbili.
08:28 It's actually a bigger city than it looks
08:31 and every day the children have to walk right through
08:34 the middle of town to the school, it's not good.
08:46 Cramped living quarters, filthy conditions
08:50 and a dangerous walk to and from school everyday.
08:53 Sunrise Home is not living up to Asian Aid standards.
08:56 Varma and Lolitha intend to change that.
08:59 We have to do something.
09:01 I got a thought, why can't we go for the separate campus
09:07 with all facilities for the children?
09:09 The project proposal name is
09:11 long term self-sustainable and income-generating
09:14 and they already purchased 12 acres of land.
09:24 Their vision is profound, yet simple.
09:27 They want to leave the over cowered
09:28 rented building in town,
09:30 instead they want to build a sustainable home
09:33 and school that will accommodate their kids
09:36 and the hundreds of other children
09:37 in need in this area for years to come.
09:40 But buying and running 12 acre project is not easy.
09:44 There are ownership issues to contend with,
09:47 as well as issues installing a clean water supply,
09:50 maximizing crops, not to mention
09:52 raising the fund to do all this.
09:54 That's very encouraging they have
09:56 a leader and his wife who not only care for these children
09:59 but they've got a plan for the future.
10:02 Despite the challenges, as we get ready to leave,
10:05 we feel good about what can happen here.
10:09 Bye. Bye, Lolitha.
10:11 And we are excited to see
10:12 what will take shape over the coming months.
10:18 We head to Asian Aid's other schools
10:19 and development projects.
10:22 We visit the town of Jeypore in the mountain region of Orissa.
10:26 Here Asian Aid shows us what is possible
10:28 with the clear vision and lot of dedication.
10:32 Starting from nothing in this remote mountain area,
10:35 Asian Aid worked with key partners
10:37 to build a boarding school that houses
10:39 and educates over 700 children.
10:42 Children who now have a much greater chance
10:44 at succeeding in life.
11:02 After almost two months,
11:04 we head back to the new land.
11:06 This thriving corn crop is Asian Aid's
11:09 first big step towards the self sustainable,
11:11 an income generating Sunrise Home.
11:15 Jim and Helen are both insistent
11:17 that the kids see the land.
11:22 On the way, it's hard to know
11:24 who is more excited, the kids or Lolitha and Varma.
11:30 Sometime they may feel they are hopeless in this world.
11:34 If we have our own home I don't need to send anyone.
11:39 I can keep the children with me
11:41 and they can continue their education here.
11:43 I'm praying today, I'm praying today
11:48 In Jesus Christ I'm praying today
12:01 This is Sunrise land? This is Sunrise land.
12:04 From here the whole--
12:06 this from here are the Sunrise land.
12:08 I think it looks excellent.
12:10 It's just phenomenal,
12:11 how we were here what two months ago?
12:14 Two months ago nothing was there.
12:15 And nothing was here and this is the--
12:17 really this is the vision happening.
12:19 This is the first stage of the reality of the vision.
12:28 Where they are at now they have no place to play,
12:31 they are just basically stuck inside the orphanage.
12:35 So out here they have plenty of place to play,
12:38 there's lots of land, there's a rive they can go in
12:42 and I just think it's gonna be
12:43 a whole new life for these children
12:45 and a whole new experience
12:47 and I'm really pleased with what we have done.
12:49 Okay, ready, steady, go.
13:06 I saw their happiness while they are playing.
13:09 I too felt happy and I too played for sometime.
13:14 We had a nice time yesterday.
13:16 It's been pretty emotional to see these kids are happy.
13:20 And it will be another 100 children we can have like this.
13:23 So today has been the most emotional for me.
13:35 As filmmakers, we tried to stay objective.
13:38 But knowing that Hannah and Rosey
13:41 and the others have dreams
13:43 as big as any kids in the world.
13:45 It's hard not to be excited of what's possible here.
14:13 When I first came to India now around 32 years ago,
14:16 they were two things that really struck me.
14:19 The first one was the need for food and clothing
14:23 and accommodation for children
14:25 living way below the poverty line.
14:27 The second thing was the amazing potential
14:30 that these boys and girls have
14:32 to make a difference in the world
14:34 and the only thing missing was the need
14:37 for people like you to help.
14:39 With sponsorship you can make a difference
14:42 in the life of a child everyday.
15:16 We've been on the road for a month now,
15:18 from the rural valleys of India
15:20 up to the foothills of the Himalayas.
15:23 Now we are headed back to India.
15:25 Only this time, into one of the poorest
15:27 neighborhoods in the country.
15:39 This is the Vishakhapatnam know as Vizag,
15:43 located on the Bay of Bengal on the east coast of India.
15:53 Only 20 miles form these peaceful Bengal beaches,
15:57 seemed half a world away.
16:27 We are following Asian Aid's Helen Eager
16:30 through the heart of Vizag,
16:32 to a street only people who live there would want to visit.
17:01 Well, we are right here in the middle of the slums.
17:04 We are in the city of Vizag which is on the east coast.
17:07 There's about 10,000 people
17:09 who live cramped in this area in 10x8 rooms,
17:13 5 to 10 to a room, most people are unemployed,
17:17 there's a large number of prostitution.
17:20 The area, the street was in a very bad condition.
17:24 The prostitution and robberies and other things, gambling
17:28 and the police will come and take them away
17:30 and the children will be suffering a lot.
17:34 The children don't know what life is.
17:36 They don't know what father's love is
17:38 and they don't know mother's love also.
17:43 At the end of this long, dirt and grind filled path
17:46 is a narrow three storey building,
17:49 not a beautiful site, but it's the only hope
17:51 that these kids have for better life.
18:04 When we first were asked to support this school,
18:07 they said this was an area for criminals and prostitutes,
18:11 was the message that we got.
18:13 But right here in the middle of this mess is a school
18:18 that we have been running for a number of years
18:21 and inside the school
18:22 there's over 100 bright cheery children.
18:26 Thank you, teacher. Thank you, teacher.
18:31 As you can understand running a school
18:33 in this environment is not easy.
18:36 I mean, it's right on the frontline of need of poverty.
18:41 The teachers and myself has to play an important role
18:44 because these children are not ordinary children.
18:51 Most of the children are coming from a poor background,
18:54 not only poverty but also the families
18:58 are all broken up families.
19:00 You told us that some of these women
19:02 who are working as prostitutes
19:04 are living just opposite the school.
19:07 And you said that sometimes the men's come there
19:10 and make bookings in the morning
19:13 and then in the evening they go somewhere with the men.
19:17 All these people are prostitutes
19:20 and they have to do that
19:21 because there's no other source of life
19:23 because no education for the parents.
19:39 What is she saying?
19:40 My husband is not a good man, he's not supporting the family.
19:44 I have three children.
19:45 I don't have education and so I have to do this work,
19:49 recently I started.
19:55 Sarojini's daughter Mary has a crippling bone condition.
20:04 Anyhow I want to get my daughter cured.
20:07 By doing anything, I want her to be cured,
20:10 but the money I'm getting is not sufficient for her cure.
20:18 Take the second bit and third bit as your homework.
20:22 This little girls name is Mary Manju.
20:25 Her mother is Sarojini and she was telling us
20:28 how she really struggles to be able to afford,
20:32 to buy the medicines and the proper
20:34 health care that Mary needs.
21:25 Her own sister ran way.
21:30 Because he is my own brother-in-law,
21:32 my sister's husband, so I came forward.
21:34 She started looking after this child.
21:38 And nobody forced her to come forward?
21:44 She came willingly to serve.
21:47 Manga is only 24 years old.
21:50 She can go and select a good man to be her partner
21:54 but she in spite of all that,
21:56 she refused all the good things in life
21:59 and she sacrificed and came forward.
22:01 She's really a noble person.
22:04 In order to feed them,
22:05 she has to go outside and earn like this prostitution.
22:23 These kind of children are finding
22:26 great peace and love in our school.
22:30 They need love and affection.
22:33 Education comes next, first thing they need love.
22:41 This school shows light to many children
22:44 who are greatly in need of love and affection,
22:47 so that at least these children when they grow up,
22:51 they will not be like their parents,
22:53 they can live better life.
22:55 I think the school that is here is really been a light
22:59 for this community and there are many children
23:02 who have really blossomed
23:03 and really have wonderful opportunity to do something
23:06 with their lives because of this school.
23:10 I just would hate to see it get closed.
23:13 It just makes me very angry to think
23:15 that people would in anyway try to disadvantage
23:20 the people that are here
23:22 and they have already been disadvantaged so much.
23:53 And these people you could say, as the Bible calls them
23:56 "the least of least" but Jesus especially care
23:59 about the "least of these" and that care He has given to you
24:03 so that you are willing to be here
24:04 and to work for these children.
24:08 In our western countries I think we really have no idea
24:12 what it would be like to be born into a family
24:15 that lived in an area like this and to hear stories
24:18 such as Sarojini's where she is having to work as a prostitute.
24:24 It would be wonderful if we could have some adult literacy
24:26 as well as some other training programs
24:29 for ladies such in this area.
24:35 She want to stitch blouses.
24:42 She is learning tailoring it seams.
24:48 Manga and Sarojini want a better life for their children.
24:51 They are seeking literacy in work training programs,
24:54 that is not that easy to come by here.
24:57 But above all, they know that it is really the school
25:00 that can help their kids out of poverty,
25:02 and give them that chance and a better life.
25:12 It's a challenge to build a bridge of trust
25:14 and hope in this environment.
25:18 But we left seeing that is exactly
25:20 what this little school is doing.
25:22 It's giving the people of this community
25:24 the thing they need most, "hope."
25:49 The reality is we have to help these kids.
25:52 These are 120 kids in here, if we don't help them now,
25:56 will be down on that street.
25:58 This is not a school we can be proud of physically,
26:02 but for the kids it's what we do.
26:05 We have to give them some hope
26:07 because if they cross the street
26:09 when they leave the school there is no hope
26:12 and I need your support right now
26:14 to try and give these kids some hope.
27:58 Currently at the Vizianagaram school
28:00 there are 19 Asian Aid sponsored students.
28:03 They sleep on the floor and they share one bathroom
28:05 with all the other students on the campus.
28:08 When my church family heard about this need
28:10 they raised funds to make this campus
28:12 a better place for the students.
28:14 There's a constant need for donations by individuals,
28:17 churches, organizations.
28:19 To assist Asian Aid with these many special projects,
28:22 join me would you, in making the difference?