Our Africa is an ambitious project which sets out to let children across Africa film their lives and countries the way they see them.
It was created by SOS Children (www.soschildrensvillages.com.uk), which is a global children’s charity that cares for orphaned and abandoned children in 45 African countries. The children growing up in these SOS families, and the surrounding communities, seemed like a good springboard for the innovative project.
We started off by running a series of workshops with a professional cameraman across the continent, teaching a group of local children how to plan, script, shoot and edit a film. As well as skills, the children were left with a camera and video-editing equipment, together with a trained local youth leader to maintain a local ‘filmmakers club’. Each workshop produced a video which the children had created from start to finish. The huge variation in the ideas they have for their videos is striking.
At the end of the workshop one or two of the children involved (ranging as young as seven to as old as 23) then took the cameras around their villages and communities, interviewing, talking, depicting their lives and proudly showing off the results to their friends.
In â€˜Our Africaâ€™ you can see some of these videos as the children talk about what matters most to them â€“ from games they play; to aspirations they have for jobs; to how they would like things changed fundamentally in their societies (for example how men treat women). They talk about whatever they want to talk about â€“ and as a result, weâ€™ve collated a collection of videos which you should look through for yourself.
Whether youâ€™re exploring African countries for the first time, or whether youâ€™re a seasoned traveller to the continent, we hope you feel as privileged as we do to be invited into these children’s worlds.
Our Africa celebrates the 40th anniversary of SOS Childrenâ€™s work in the continent. As we visit more and more of the 50+ countries, and speak with still more children, the site will evolve. So we hope youâ€™ll revisit it occasionally and see whatâ€™s new. Meanwhile, if youâ€™d like to see more about what SOS Children does around the globe youâ€™d be welcome on our website at: www.soschildrensvillages.com.uk
Tell us what you think
We would welcome your feedback on ‘Our Africa’.
Tell us what you think about the videos â€“ which ones are your favourites and why. Did you find the background information useful? Would you have liked more, or less? Does the style of writing meet your needs?
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We’d appreciate whatever you can tell us. We’ll take note of what you say and use it to improve the site, for you and for others.
If you do get in contact, please also tell us something about yourself (such as your age, or job, or whether you’re a student) so we can match your suggestions for improvement to the different groups of people we are looking to reach.
Getting in touch
Here are the details for getting in touch with us about ‘Our Africa’:
‘Our Africa’ team
SOS Children’s Villages
13-15 Hills Road
‘Our Africa’ is an evolving site put together by SOS Children, a charity that has been working in Africa for the past 40 years. More information on more countries will be added as the site grows, so we hope you’ll revisit ‘Our Africa’ from time to time. You can find out more about SOS Children by visiting www.soschildren.com
If you are in the USA, you can find out more about SOS Children’s Villages by visiting the USA site: www.sos-usa.com
If you are in Canada, you can find out more about SOS Children’s Villages by visiting the Canadian site: www.soschildrensvillages.ca
Thank you for your interest in SOS Children.
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