Kelowna videographer Curtis Allen of Solid Rock Video Services is set to premiere a documentary on Haiti after spending a week in the country this spring. Allen’s goal was to ‘check-in’ on Haiti’s recovery, after his prior visit in 2010 following the devastating earthquake that rocked the nation, which killed over 250,000 people.
“It was an eye-opening experience” says Allen, of his recent visit. “We spent three days in Port Au Prince and, while most of the streets and buildings have been repaired, it doesn’t take long to see how bad the living conditions in this country really are.”
The documentary also shows the work of a highly-regarded child sponsorship organization, Compassion International, who dedicate themselves to the long-term development of children living in poverty around the world.
“I was curious about where the money goes. When someone gives 40 dollars to sponsor a child, what actually happens? I’ve sponsored a child in Haiti for two years, now, and was able to follow the money I give right to the Compassion project in the village where my sponsor child lives. I was able to meet this child and see first-hand what my money is going toward.”
“Compassion’s goal is not to eradicate poverty.” states Compassion Canada’s CEO Barry Slaunewhite “Our goal is to help them have enough - and by that I mean whatever is necessary for them to live a normalized life in their context, in their culture, in their community. Our goal is people development; not community development.”
Children involved in the Compassion program get the benefit of clean water, schooling, food, doctor’s visits and immunizations, home checks, and even vocational training.
Allen, alongside his friend and co-videographer Jay Stushnoff, will premiere the documentary titled “Child-Focused” at Kelowna Gospel Fellowship Church on Dec. 13 at 7pm. They will be joined by Compassion Canada’s Colin Ashton for a Q&A following the half-hour film. The event is open to all ages and admission is free.