BELIZE / MY NEIGHBOURS AND ME

01-Feb-2007 00:05:00
In the real Belize, more than two out of every five kids live in poverty. With the help of UNICEF, one community formed an award-winning program called "My Neighbours and Me," where children can come together to meet safely, gain skills and confidence and to talk about abuse, or the pressures they face daily. UNICEF
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STORY: BELIZE / MY NEIGHBORS AND ME
TRT: 5:01
SOURCE: UNICEF
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 19-20 JANUARY 2007, BELIZE CITY, BELIZE
SHOTLIST
1. Various shots of Belize City, the sea, the tourists resorts, the boats, and school children
2. Wide shot, mother and children walk along a muddy street in one poor neighbourhood in Belize City
3. Various shots of children and rundown houses in the neighbourhood.
4. SOUNDBITE (English),unindentified girl from "My Neighbours and Me":
"In addition to poverty, we have the highest HIV rate in Central America."
5.SOUNDBITE (English), girl from "My Neighbours and Me":
"Did you know more than two in three of us are infected with parasites?"
6.SOUNDBITE (English), an unidentified girl from "My Neighbours and Me":
"Did you know three out of five of us suffer chronic malnutrition, and a lot of kids in our neighbourhood go to school hungry?"
7.SOUNDBITE (English), an unidentified boy from "My Neighbours and Me":
"Did you know we have high levels of violence on our streets and beating us in school is still allowed?"
8.SOUNDBITE (English), an unidentified girl from "My Neighbours and Me":
"Did you know only two out of five of us will pass the primary exam?"
9.SOUNDBITE (English), an unidentified boy from "My Neighbours and Me":
"And only one of us will go to secondary school."
10.Wide shot, a street demonstration on violence against women
11.Various shots of children and adolescents in neighbourhood and on the street
12.SOUNDBITE (English), an unidentified girl from "My Neighbours and Me":
"And there is nothing for us to do. There are no malls, no cinemas, no games, even the parks are old and broken, too."
13.SOUNDBITE (English), a group of children from "My Neighbours and Me":
"This is the true reality we live each day."
14. Archival footage, various shots showing the challenges facing youth
15. Archival footage, various shots including animation, highlighting positive developmental activities for children and young people
16. SOUNDBITE (English), Ashman Wiltshire, 15, founder of "My Neighbors and Me":
"Welcome to the headquarters of 'My Neighbours and Me'. We have grown out of 'Xchange' programme. 'Xchange' encourage positive adolescent development, and have given us children a chance, thanks to UNICEF."
17.Various shots of children coming to the headquarters and doing a string of activities such as singing, dancing, and leaning to use the computer
18. Various shots of children perform at public festivals
19.Various shots of children playing soccer, decorating art work, as well as many other activities
20.SOUNDBITE (Italian), children of "My Neighbourhood and Me":
"Thank you!"
21.SOUNDBITE (English), children of "My Neighbourhood and Me":
"Thank you!"
STORYLINE
You probably know Belize because out there is beautiful natural barrier reef.
But the real Belize is where we live.
In real Belize, more than two out of every five kids live in poverty, and that includes here in the main city.
In Belize, there are very few well off people, but development is a little more than one street deep.
SOUNDBITE (English), an unidentified girl from "My Neighbours and Me":
"In addition to poverty, we have the highest HIV rate in Central America."
SOUNDBITE (English), an unidentified girl from "My Neighbours and Me":
"Did you know more than two in three of us are infected with parasites?"
SOUNDBITE (English), an unidentified girl from "My Neighbours and Me":
"Did you know three out of five of us suffer chronic malnutrition, and a lot of kids in our neighbourhood go to school hungry?"
SOUNDBITE (English), an unidentified boy from "My Neighbours and Me":
"Did you know we have high level of violence on our street and beating us in school is still allowed?"
SOUNDBITE (English), an unidentified girl from "My Neighbours and Me":
"Did you know only two out of five of us will pass the primary exam?"
SOUNDBITE (English), an unidentified boy from "My Neighbours and Me":
"And only one of us will go to secondary school."
Indeed, the realty is that life on the streets in Belize is full of risks, drugs and guns are easy to find, girls and boys get drawn into sexual exploitation and child labour.
SOUNDBITE (English), an unidentified girl from "My Neighbours and Me":
"And there is nothing for us to do. There are no malls, no cinemas, no games, even the parks are old and broken, too."
SOUNDBITE (English), a group of children from "My Neighbours and Me":
"This is the true reality we live each day."
So, we had a choice - follow the others in our neighbourhood, start on drugs, start killing each other, turn to sex as a way to make money, or trying to make a difference.
UNICEF supports children to come together to discuss priorities for making their communities safer.
And we said, 'we need something in our own community, we can do more', so we formed "My Neighbours and Me".
SOUNDBITE (English), Ashman Wiltshire, 15, founder of "My Neighbors and Me":
"Welcome to the headquarters of 'My Neighbours and Me'. We have grown out of 'Xchange' programme. 'Xchange' encourage positive adolescent development, and have given us children a chance, thanks to UNICEF."
We wanted to give other children a safe space to meet, to give them some skills and some confidence, to ensure that they are connected to a trusted person, and that they can talk about abuse, or the pressures to have sex or do crimes.
We wanted to reinforce self-esteem, and get the children to protect themselves from violence and HIV in particular.
We meet on Saturdays with a programme of music, dance, drama, and sports. We do everything ourselves, from managing the programme, to designing the sets, to making the instruments and costumes.
We started with a small number of children, and now we have more than 50 children.
We put on music and the children come, and now they perform at public festivals. And our parents, especially our moms, are as keen as we are, and they help design and create "My Neighbours and Me" world.
To keep our programme going, we needed all the support we could get. We had been able to receive small donations, but never in our lives had imagined we could get such strong support from the Mission and the people of San Marino.
Because of your support, we can continue our work, helping more children, and expanding "My Neighbours and Me" beyond our neighbourhood.
SOUNDBITE (Italian), children of "My Neighbourhood and Me":
"Thank you!"
SOUNDBITE (English), children of "My Neighbourhood and Me":
"Thank you!"
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