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OneMinutesJr workshop in Kyrgyzstan – Day 4

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2009
Ulan's parents sent him to a boarding-school because there is no space for eleven people at their apartment.

More filming is on the agenda on the fourth day of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Bishkek. Half of the films have been shot, so it is time now to wrap up the others and get to the computers for the editing process. All films today can be filmed in different locations in the Kyrgyz capital.

Ulan (15) takes us to his home. He has a real home, with his mother, his father and eight brothers and sisters. His home is only about 12 square meters big, much to small for a family of eleven people. Therefore, his parents have placed him and several others of the older children of the family in a children's home. Ulan says: "I am happy that I still have a family and I always look forward to seeing them, but I also know that we are too poor to afford a bigger place and that our apartment is not big enough for all of us."

In the afternoon, we visit an institution that gives street children from Bishkek a temporary home. The children sleep in dormitories with 15 beds per room. Privacy is basically unheard of, just like at Ulan's family's room, where three generations live on 12 square meters. The children here are happy that they have a place to sleep at least and that they can visit the adjacent school, but it is still tough for them to grow up without their parents.

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2009
Maxim is filming a OneMinutesJr video with some help from trainer David.

Maftuna (15) lives here. Her film is about the stigma she carries, being a child from a home for homeless children. She has experienced social exclusion at school and this is exactly what she will show in her OneMinutesJr video. It's a scene from her own life when her new classmates exclude her just because of the fact that she doesn't have any parents anymore.

Almost all of the videos have been filmed now and "only" need to be edited before they are shown at the big presentation for everybody who has been involved in the process tomorrow in the late afternoon. It is remarkable that the children do not only talk about their lives in the institutions but also think a lot about how they got there or how others are getting there. Most of them come from broken or extremely poor families. The fact that many of them focus on "the road that leads to the children's home" is a reminder that when we talk about child care reform and children in institutions, it is always important to keep in mind that every effort should be made to protect children in their families, to educate parents and support them raising their own children as good as they can.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - April 30, 2009 - Chris Schuepp





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