Film For Health

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Film For Health

Varanasi, India
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nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
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Film For Health will empower the children of Varanasi's Shivdaspur area to learn from each other through the medium of film.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The children of Varanasi's brothels don't have access-- not to good schools, not to vocational training, not to a chance at a better life. Through the venture "Filming More Health", the documentary production crew of the forthcoming film "Specks of Dust" that will focus on the efforts of the NGO Guria Sansthan will teach the children how to use basic flip cameras to film basic first aid procedures in order to learn from them.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

We venture to help empower the children of Varanasi's brothels to take charge of their health and the health of those around them. We believe children can be responsible with this task.
Impact: How does it Work

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This summer, a film crew (comprised of two Princeton University students, a professional director, a professional cinematographer, and a professional sound editor) will be traveling to Varanasi to film a documentary about the work of a man called Ajeet Singh. His NGO, Guria Sansthan, combats sex trafficking through multi-faceted grassroots approaches. We will teach the kids how to use cameras and in doing so, empower them to make videos about the challenges they face (health and otherwise) and the solutions they find (health and otherwise). Logistically, we will provide the cameras and editing software for computers that exist at a school previously set up by Guria Sansthan.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

We will be partnering with Guria Sansthan and working for and through their community. The community is comprised of the children of the brothels, their mothers, and the volunteers and teachers who help them. There are no other organizations working directly on this issue in this city.

Founding Story

Ajeet Singh refuses to rest until every child is free to live a vibrant and creative life. On the importance of finding one’s purpose and helping others, he believes, “the day you realize you are just a speck of dust is when you will begin living your life the way it should be.” He founded Guria Sansthan, the organization through which we will work. He inspires us every day.
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Country where this project is creating social impact

, UP, Varanasi

Do you work with any social organizations?

Guria Swayam Sevi Sansthan

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What do you want to accomplish in your first year?

We will be travelling in the summer and hope to enable the kids with basic film editing skills. The sustained presence of Princeton University "Bridge Year" volunteers will ensure the sustainability of this project.

Set your first goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal
Task 1

identify the best flip cameras to donate to the kids

Task 2

write a film manual in Hindi/Urdu languages for the kids to use

Task 3

teach the kids effectively how to use the film software

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Set a third goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision
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How will your Venture define success in the short term (1-12 months)?

Success means we boost the kids' self-esteem and teach them how they can use film to empower their own lives. It means they make videos that they are proud of.

In the long-term (1-3 years)?

The kids are able to teach each other how to use the film software.

How will you measure success?

The quality and quantity of the videos.

How will you recruit new members for your venture?

Guria Sansthan (the NGO through which we are working) has a connection the Princeton University's Bridge Year Program, so there will be volunteers annually sent to Varanasi to work on this project. We need not recruit when we already have such an interest!

How will you appoint new leaders and transfer leadership when the founding members want to leave the team?

We will encourage leadership on behalf of the kids rather than the founding members; when the kids have learned how to edit well, then we can transfer leadership directly to them instead of a "leadership team."

How will you continue your project in 6-months time or once you have spent all of its initial capital?

All we need are cameras; the rest is on us to continue the project emotionally and not financially!