We're on a mission to explore the topic of best practices in orphan and vulnerable children care through documentary film; sharing real stories of hurt and healing from Africa and (hopefully) beyond.
While the intentions were good, the system of placing children in orphanages in Africa (and across the globe) is extremely broken. Most of the kids growing up in children's homes across the world actually have living parents or relatives who would happily care for them, but instead have turned them over to institutional care because they cannot afford health care and education. The institutions are overflowing and understaffed, leaving the children with little to no parental relationships. The children often grow up with unanswered questions about why they have been abandoned; wishing to be reunited with family. After growing up disconnected from their home community, traumatized and sometimes abused; these same children are turned out on the streets after aging out, to fend for themselves and maneuver life alone.
The goal of this project is to give a voice to the unheard victims of the broken system, and to seek out answers to difficult questions. Questions like; what is the healthiest way to raise orphaned children? How can the family unit find support so that giving away their children isn't the only option? And what can be done to support the young adults who have already lived though such trauma?
We know this project is big, and the road ahead is unclear. But we're stepping forward in faith, that with help, we can tell these stories and explore solutions. If you would like to get involved, support this project, or learn more about our goals, we would love to hear from you! We are so thankful for all of those who have given their support already, and for everyone who has a heart for orphans and vulnerable children everywhere.
Meet Chris, Cayley and Ashley! The current team working on the documentary.
Chris is a part time freelance filmmaker from Snohomish, Washington. He developed a passion for film and movie making in high school, which led him to study digital arts in college. Chris attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, earning a BA in Media Production. Chris met his wife Cayley in 2015 soon after he moved back to Snohomish. Chris has felt a draw to missions since taking part in trips to Mexico in 2008, and Kenya in 2009. Chris is beyond blessed to be able to combine missions and filmmaking in a way that will help open eyes to a hurting world.
Cayley is a full time hairstylist and worship director at Central Faith Church in Snohomish. She has been passionate about missions and Africa since day one. As an 11 year old, she had the opportunity to go to Kenya. She left her heart on that African soil; and is blown away at the thought of partnering with her husband, Chris Gove to work on such a meaningful project.
Ashley is a freelance videographer living in Snohomish, WA. She graduated from Calvin College, MI with a BA in media productions in 2014, and began her own videography business the following year, focusing on wedding and cooperate videos. Having the opportunity to combine a passion for film and missions work is dream come true for Ashley, and she is so grateful for the opportunity to share stories of hope and healing from across the world.
If you would like to help us financially, you can head over to our Go Fund Me page!
Our current trip to Kenya has been completely paid for by our generous donors, but we're continuing to accept donations towards future trips!