In 2007 a small film crew travelled throughout five Southern African countries of Zambia, Congo, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Malawi to capture the stories of children who were currently living and working on the streets. It was an extremely humbling and emotionally draining experience ? to say the least. The result of this trip was the award winning documentary UBUNTU: The Street Child Story which shares the hopes, dreams and hardships of children living on the streets. The theme of the documentary was best summed up by Andre IIunga a social worker within the Democratic Republic of Congo:
I am a parent. When I see these street children, I see my own children at home and it pains me greatly. It is necessary for everyone to get involved and to act responsibly to ensure that kids can go back to their families, because the best roof, the best home and the best protection is the family.
In some ways this best describes our community development philosophy, that family and community are imperative to the growth and protection of a child.
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