How are the orphans doing?
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.
Providing hope: Orphans Aid International chief executive Sue van Schreven gets ready for filming of a second documentary in Romania.