Fourteen years ago SOS Children’s Villages was honored with the prestigious Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize for its work in supporting the world’s most vulnerable communities.
As a member of the distinguished group of Hilton Prize Coalition partners, SOS has a unique opportunity now to highlight the work it has done to support survivors of the earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015.
The project is part of the Hilton Prize Coalition Storytelling Program, which recently launched in Nepal and will showcase the relief efforts in Nepal of six coalition members – SOS Children’s Villages, BRAC, Handicap International, Heifer International, HelpAge and Operation Smile.
Production for the documentary began in February and will continue through mid-March. As part of the project, an exciting opportunity was given to an SOS alumnus to be the photography assistant to Steve Connors, the documentary’s filmmaker. Amul Thapa, 27, who was raised from age 9 at the SOS Kavre Village just outside Kathmandu, said that he has a keen interest in photography.
“It has given me quite considerable joy this week to watch him treat with people of all ages and backgrounds, to see him light up their day with his gentle humor, and surely leave behind a memory of their meeting with him,” wrote Mr. Connors on the Hilton Prize Coalition’s website, where he is blogging about his filming experience in Nepal.
A stunning panoramic shot taken by Amul in the Sindhupalchowk District of Nepal.
During filming, Amul assisted Mr. Connors with photography, sound recording, lighting, interviews and other aspects involved with the documentary.
In the months following the devastating earthquake, SOS established several relief centers in and around SOS Villages where we provided aid, water and food to children and families in need. SOS also provided interim and long-term protection, care and reunification of children separated from their families by the earthquake. Our work in Nepal has shifted to long-term recovery efforts where we’re supporting vulnerable families, in addition to rebuilding schools and homes.