It is incredible how human beings are so beautiful. Equally amazing is how people really cares for one another. This journey that I choose to take, is a journey that came to me and one that I initially did not choose. As a filmmaker, all I wanted to do was to tell stories, and coming from an impoverished place and from a seemingly another world from where I live now, I just have to tell the stories of HOPE, of people whose stories will otherwise be unheard or unseen.
As hard as it is to finish the film, it is equally harder to get help or support for them. But it is a very worthwhile CAUSE, thanks to all who joined me and thanks in advance to all who will. As you can see, In the process of making the film, I became friends with the scavenger-actors, as they have toucedh my life as much as much as I have touch theirs. And with what I saw, the most horrific living conditions where my scavenger- friends live, continues to haunt me. I have committed to do my best to both tell their stories and maybe make their lives a little better. The film has a ways to go in finishing it, but there’s no reason for me to wait as some of the kid’s needs are urgent.
What is equally amazing is this; in the process of getting help for them, of which I am just learning as I go along, I have met incredible human beings who had helped, who now I consider to be friends as well. A word of thanks to Pam, Erin, Medith and an ANONYMOUS FRIEND who was very generous and helped us meet our initial fundraising goals for the medical evaluation for Richard’s hydrocephalous and Ren Catonjay’s club-foot. I have no doubt in my mind, that this effort will have a positive impact to everyone involved, from the scavengers to the supporters.
The two kids went to UERM for a check up last week, Ren Catonjay had his x-rays taken, and Nina (producer) who will be in Manila for a month or more will attend a conference with the orthopedist and head surgeon to determine what exactly is needed for his club foot. Richard is scheduled for a CT scan on the 20th of March. When you see the film, you will appreciate how special Richard is. This is his first ever CT scan and he was born with hydrocephalous. His ability to endure is fascinating, to think that his shanty is on top of mountains of trash. I’ll keep everyone posted for the results of this evaluation as this will determine our next goal for the MOUNT HOPE PROJECT.
We also started an audience- building campaign for the film. The 100,000 FILM FAN CHALLENGE, support us and become a fan of the film today as this will help our cause and spread the word. Our video below will best tell our story.
We were able to meet our initial fundraising goals for the medical check up/ evaluation for the kids through friends like you passing the word around. Join us by becoming a fan and please SPREAD THE WORD and post the video on your Facebook or Myspace account.
WE ALSO STARTED A FACEBOOK CAUSES PAGE, please join and consider taking the pledge of inviting 100 of your friends to:
Facebook causes: “HELP THE SCAVENGER ACTORS OF THE MOUNTAIN THIEF”