Jake Lyell
Video Production | Still Photography

Visual Storyteller

Family Reunion

Published on January 27, 2017 in Blog Posts, Video | 1 comment

“We believe the family is the best place for every child.” This quote from a social worker narrating the video below is the central theme of the DOVCU program, which is implemented by ChildFund in Uganda and funded by USAID. Parents or family members who struggle through grinding poverty often feel that the best solution is to give their children up to an institution – an orphanage or children’s home – in hopes of a better life for them. The reality is that this often results in children growing up without culture and community and makes them more vulnerable to child trafficking or living on the streets. Furthermore, the standard of living in such institutions is seldom better.

The Deinstitutionalization of Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Uganda program seeks to strengthen the livelihoods of families so that breaking apart the family is unnecessary. It also works to bring separated families back together again. I recently shot and produced these three short videos, extremely touching and personal stories of families who were reunited or kept from separation through the program. If you watch just one, go for the first one here about Ruth.

Comments

  1. Marilyn Kelly  / 

    Wonderful. My hope is that more and more children are able to stay with their families. Instead of the costs of supporting children in orphanages, use the money for their education and food which allows them to stay in their own family unit. Much much better for the world.

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