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Lost in the Aftermath

Bella's son Moses was spared by Cyclone Pam, now she wishes to reunite her family.

Lost in the Aftermath

Bella's son Moses was spared by Cyclone Pam, now she wishes to reunite her family.

NZ$ 295
pledged of NZ$ 30,000pledged of NZ$ 30,000 goal
4
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, May 15 2015 6:38 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated May 15, 2015

About

Moses inside his custom house on the island of Tanna.
Moses inside his custom house on the island of Tanna.

Good New...and we love it!

There is nothing like good news and we want you to share it.

Since the conception of this project Bella has finally spoken to her mother. After six weeks of waiting Bella was overcome with emotion to finally confirm that her son and extended family were truly safe...and the custom house of which she was so worried? It ended up saving many lives with neighbours seeking sanctuary when their more 'modern' structures crumbled under the weight of the wild winds. 

Who would not want more good news to come from such devastation?

We certainly would! The distance and helplessness caused by watching the unfolding disaster of Cyclone Pam from afar has reinforced Bella's desire for all of her children to meet. This would certainly be a joyous occasion and you can share it. We would like to document the reunion of mother and son; older brother and younger siblings.

History of separation.

Vanuatu is one of the world's least developed nations where the lives of locals are constricted by the poverty. Bella, like many others, left her then toddler in the care of family to seek employment in the capital. Although six years have passed and two more children have come, Bella constantly thinks of her eldest son. In six years she has only twice had the opportunity to visit, and neither time was she able to take her younger children.

Why this documentary?

The birth of this documentary came about from watching Bella's distress and helplessness, as she viewed news reports describing the pending danger of Cyclone Pam and the utter destruction the storm caused. Bella's home island of Tanna bore the full force of the storm and is now classified as 'one of the worst natural disasters to hit Vanuatu'. 

When we think we have all the time in the world to complete our plans life has a way of reminding us that in reality life is all to short. 

Bella, taking the opportunity to further her education so in the future she may support her children, suddenly realised that planned futures are not always foreseeable. 

Funding Goal of  $30,000

Funding will be spent on documentary staff, transport, accommodation, food, travel insurance and of course ensuring that you receive your rewards.

Staff: a producer, cinematographer and editor.

Accommodation: In the village of Eniu all houses but one were destroyed in the cyclone therefore we will be sleeping in tents. We will need to take all equipment with us (e.g. tents, sleeping mats, sleeping bags, mosquito nets etc). 

Transport: 1) Airfares (for Bella, her children and documentary staff),  a) Christchurch to Port Villa - return,  b) Port Vila to Tanna - return,  2) Transport from a) home to airport -return, b) Tanna airport to village - return

Food for a two week period. This will include a feast to be given in celebration of Bella seeing Moses again.

Tavel insurance; a necessity.

Any medical needs that may occur during the trip and other miscellaneous items.

Risks and challenges

The very landscape of Vanuatu itself has been changed through the drastic damage caused by Cyclone Pam. However cruise ships have already returned to Vanuatu and it is anticipated that by June 2015 there will be no difficulty reaching Bella's home village of Eniu.

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    As a thank you for your generosity we will send you a 6x4 photo of Bella with her son Moses.

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    To thank you for your support of this project we will send you a digital copy of the finished film.

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    To publicly acknowledge your support your name will be placed under 'Special Thanks' on the closing credits of the film.

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    To say THANK YOU for your generous support we would like to give you more viewing time. Your digital copy of the documentary will include a 'Special Features' section that includes additional interviews and filmed scenes.

    To publicly acknowledge your support your name will be placed under 'Special Thanks' on the closing credits of the film.

    We will also send you a 5x7 photo of Bella with her son Moses and a personally signed letter of thanks from Bella.

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Funding period

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