Short NPH Documentary Airs on Nationwide TV

NPH’s fundraising organization in the US, Friends of the Orphans collaborates with Heroes of Hope.
June 11, 2009 - Press Release - NPH International

Children in need in Haiti.

The plight of orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged children will soon be seen on a nationwide level, thanks to a recent film collaboration between non-profit organization, Friends of the Orphans, and television production company, Heroes of Hope.

The result is a compelling, short documentary clip that focuses on the needs of children in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Along with children in Haiti, Friends of the Orphans supports a network of eight other Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™ (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) homes and their outreach programs in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru.

Nearly half of the children living in these countries are severely deprived of the necessities essential to childhood, including adequate shelter, and access to sanitation, safe water, schools and health care.

“The stark reality is that millions of children in the developing world desperately need our help,” said Sharon Saxelby, President and CEO of Friends of the Orphans. “No child should have to scavenge for food, sleep in garbage dumps, or die from preventable conditions, such as dehydration, yet they do every day.”

“The goal of the Heroes of Hope piece is to show how we can take a desperate, discouraging situation and through our ongoing support, transform it into a truly hopeful one.”

The situation is particularly desperate in Haiti—where most of the documentary was filmed, and where the country’s ongoing food crisis has continually made headlines in recent months.

“There is still so much work that must be done in Haiti and the other countries with NPH homes that Friends of the Orphans supports,” said Saxelby. “We need people to sponsor children, donate money, volunteer their time and help further spread the word about our cause in order to help transform the lives of the children. Heroes of Hope is a poignant way of doing that.”

The version of the documentary that will air on public television stations across the country beginning this month will be introduced by legendary broadcaster Hugh Downs. 

Beginning on May 18, 2009, a 60-second commercial will air, free of charge, in more than 200 regional cities throughout the U.S during prime time news programming.

Finished Saxelby, “Every day, I am inspired by the children whose lives are transformed through the ongoing support of NPH staff, volunteers, and donors. I hope this documentary will capture that ambitious spirit, and touch the lives of millions of people who can help us continue making a difference in their lives.”

About Heroes of Hope Heroes of Hope is a privately owned and operated television production company and series that is on the leading edge of the documentary television industry. The series is distributed to Public Television stations in the United States and on Voice of America in 127 countries.

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