How are the or­phans do­ing?

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By SUE FEA

Award-win­ning tele­vi­sion doc­u­men­tary jour­nal­ist Rob Harley will fol­low Queen­stown’s an­gel of the or­phans Sue van Schreven on her lat­est trip to Ro­ma­nia this month to re­visit the chil­dren he filmed in 2006. Harley filmed Some­one Some­where Loves Me – a mov­ing and hard-hit­ting doc­u­men­tary ac­count of Or­phans Aid In­ter­na­tional chief ex­ec­u­tive Sue van Schreven’s work res­cu­ing or­phaned chil­dren in Ro­ma­nia back in 2006. It has aired on tele­vi­sion nu­mer­ous times. Mr Harley said he would be fas­ci­nated to hunt out the or­phaned chil­dren they filmed in 2006, who had been suc­cess­fully placed with fam­i­lies or back in their gypsy vil­lages. ‘‘It’s as much to see how these kids have grown from lit­tle five-year-olds to pretty much young teens.’’ The film­ing would also look at the ex­ten­sive work Or­phans Aid was do­ing in Ro­ma­nia, in­clud­ing pur­chas­ing of an ad­ja­cent build­ing to its Casa Kiwi or­phan­age there. ‘‘We’ll be fo­cus­ing on the suc­cess story. It’s re­ally cranked up since 2006 and they’re manag­ing to place more kids now, there’s a reg­u­lar up­take. It’ll be great to see that out­come.’’ It was early days so no out­let had been con­firmed as yet, but he had no doubt the doc­u­men­tary would air at some point. Mrs van Schreven, who has al­ready left for Ro­ma­nia then Rus­sia, said some of the or­phans her or­gan­i­sa­tion had taken in now lived hap­pily with adopted fam­i­lies just down the road from the or­phan­age. ‘‘We now do a lot of adop­tions through the home and we’re hop­ing to pur­chase the neigh­bour­ing flat so prospec­tive par­ents and so­cial work­ers have a sep­a­rate place to meet chil­dren.’’ This pro­tected those not be­ing adopted from heartache and dis­ap­point­ment. ‘‘We’ve been fundrais­ing for a long time and there’s been a lot of pa­per­work so we can ex­pand our work there. I think we’ll get a lot busier with adop­tions as the laws change a bit on in­ter-coun­try adoption, prob­a­bly to other parts of Europe and that may pos­si­bly even have an im­pact on adop­tions in New Zealand.’’ Casa Kiwi was home to nine or­phans at present and Or­phans Aid su­per­vised an­other five or so in fos­ter homes. The doc­u­men­tary would also look at Or­phans Aid’s ex­pan­sion in New Zealand with shops now in Hast­ings and Tau­ranga, as well as Dunedin and In­ver­cargill and its Queen­stown base.

Photo: SUE FEA/FAIR­FAX NZ

Pro­vid­ing hope: Or­phans Aid In­ter­na­tional chief ex­ec­u­tive Sue van Schreven gets ready for film­ing of a sec­ond doc­u­men­tary in Ro­ma­nia.

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