Afghan Orphans meet the new boss. WITH VOICEOVER
Sayed Hashemi, a former orphan himself, is drastically improving the living conditions in Afghanistan's orphanages, going after corrupt and abusive employees and creating new opportunities for the childrens'' education
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Nat SOUND- Director Hashemi entering orphange kitchen and greeting workers
29 year old Sayed Abdulah Hashemi is Afghanistan 's new director of orphanages. In seven months he has dramatically shaken up the system with unannounced audits that have resulted in major changes.
NAT SOUND-- (Dari) Sayed Hashemi, Director of Orphanages:
“4-6 months ago this place looked completely different and today it is neat and clean.”
But the real improvements are not just buildings, but the lives and prospects of orphaned children.
NAT SOUND- Hashemi approaching playground saying: “Look at all these children!”
And the drive in this young man is personal, not just professional.
NAT SOUND- Hashemi greeting children.
Sayed himself spent many hard years coming up as an orphan.
Nat sound-- Sayed saying hello to children in playground
Soundbite: (Dari) Hashemi: “Growing up was difficult and early on I had the desire to help people who faced difficulties, wherever they are.”
NAT SOUND-(|DARI) Hey guys, What's up? How”s your feet? Can you stand up?” (Hashemi referring to boy) “He had turned -in feet but he's had three surgeries and thanks to God now he can walk. You've become very strong”
NAT SOUND-- (Dari) disabled boy:
“He has built us a park and painted our rooms and he also helped me with my feet.”
Hashemi's empathy for these individual children is most potently realised at the institutional level where he has implemented major changes to help the neglected or otherwise mistreated youngsters experience a higher quality of life.
Perhaps the most impressive new developments are the educational opportunities he has helped create.
NAT SOUND: (DARI) Orphan:
Now we have computer courses, and English lessons. In the past it was not like this. Now we have everything.”
NAT SOUND: (DARI) Hashemi knocking on door of Math lecture: “May I come in?“, “The teacher was an orphan, he has been here for 10-12 years. The people of Afghanistan should be proud of having such young men.”
Sayed makes it clear that it is the support of the minister and other employees of his department that have made these changes possible.
SOUNDBITE (DARI) HASHEMI:
“The minister [of Labor and Social Affairs] and orphanage employees working 24 hours a day, have created positive changes-- these centers now have plumbing. We have sports.
Although many orphanages around the country are still in bad shape, are not run with the best interest of the children in mind,
Hashemi has hopefully set a precedent in Kabul by forcing out and seeking prosecution against corrupt employees.
“At least someone is working here!”
He is advocating legislation in parliament that would standardize better conditions across the country and mandate the enforcement of these standards.
SOUNDBITE- DAR)-- Hashemi:
“I am proud and happy to have survived being an orphan. I have come to serve my own, other orphans in Afghanistan.”
NAT SOUND- (Dari) Student--
“Our teacher won't let us play football because we don't have the right shoes”
Hashemi: “Where is he?”
Jeff Holden with Samim Zalmi in Kabul, for the Nato Channel.
Year of Production: 2012