Spotlight: Homeless in Dehradun – Multimedia Storyteller Frank Rohrig
Spotlight — A new monthly feature in our blog highlights the impressive work of a fellow nonprofit/NGO/CSR multimedia producer. This month, we focus on an Amsterdam-based humanitarian photographer, Frank Rohrig. His Aasraa Trust slideshow is not only compassionate, stunning and passionate, but is a great example of how nonprofit multimedia doesn’t just have to be about video.
According to Mr. Rohrig ”Dehradun (India) has a vast population of children that its fast economic development has left behind. Without home, education and care, these children roam the streets in search of garbage and handouts. Many children are forced to beg by their own families, themselves without income or home. Because children with disabilities have more begging potential, parents sometimes mutilate their own children.
The problem is set to worsen in a growing population and a rapidly widening wealth gap between the rich and the poor.
Self-help groups and NGOs, such as the Aasraa Trust by Shaila Brijnath, try to provide a measure of care and education with limited funds and often using personal savings, to help children build a future that is worth living. Their efforts are routinely sabotaged by begging children’s parents who depend on their income.”