Late in 2022, HCW won a grant from the First Fruit Foundation to develop a documentary film telling the stories of orphanages in five different countries in Africa, as they seek to follow in the footsteps of the CRC's own transformation from orphanage to family care.
Our first story capture happened in Kenya this February, and we're still tracking the story of a children's home transitioning to family care at the behest of the Kenyan government. In April, Melody Curtiss and Laura Horvath, traveled to Maputo with the CRC's Senior Reintegration Consultant, David Musa, Case Management Supervisor, George Kulanda, award-winning documentary filmmaker, Sam Rich, and Media Coordinator and Cameraperson Marianna Mäkiniemi. This three week trip included meetings in Maputo with various African UMC Bishops and the UMC's General Board of Global Ministries - led by Todd Willis, General Counsel; trips to visit two transitioning orphanage supported by HCW partner, Foundation for Orphans; and a trip to visit F4O's brand new Zoe Empowerment program with F4O's Executive Director, Reverend Wayne Lavender. We look forward to sharing updates and photos from Mozambique in a future post. And stay tuned to find out where we go next!
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