Village of Hope Summer Highlight Video

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“I want to make something new & different for the summer so everyone can be happy & proud of this work. So everyone can have fun. We make it for fun. So everyone can enjoy it. All the kids, all the babies, all the mommies – everyone.” – Macline (center of above photo).

After you watch, be sure to scroll down to read more about it & see some of my favorite shots from the video.


Macline is one of the older girls that lives at MOH in the Village of Hope.

(You’ve seen her on the blog before here.)

Her idea this summer was to make a music/highlight video of activities throughout the orphanage. She knew she wanted to use the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. We brainstormed ideas & made a list of the different shots she wanted, & then…we got to filming!

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetnotes from our brainstorming session

What I love about this video?
My friend Katie, our interim Orphanage Director, empowered Macline to take ownership of this project…& she did. Macline led this. This was her vision. Macline was supported. She had great leadership that led her well, & she in turn was able to lead the Village of Hope for this fun project. They danced together, sang together, laughed together…& I simply had the privilege to film it & put the pieces together.

What I love about this video?
The kids were joyful to participate in this summer video because Macline was leading this. She stood up at their family meeting one Saturday morning & shared why she wanted to do it, & they did it. Macline, like a great leader, shared with the other kids the “WHY” behind this video, & then she was in it with them.
She didn’t simply tell them what to do – she did it with them.

What I love about this video?
When we had the reveal party earlier this week here at the mission, Macline responded with, “Thank you! Can we watch it again?” And we proceeded to watch it again. After we watched it on the big screen again, they still wanted to watch it more, so we gathered around my laptop & watched 3 more times.

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5 times they watched this video. 5 times they giggled, jumped around, & tapped each other on the shoulder each time one of them was on the screen. I hope Macline walked away from the reveal party feeling like a rock star…because she is.

Below are just a few stills from the video that I just love. What a fun project that created many sweet memories!

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Above is Mr. Lookens – I LOVE that he agreed to be in the video for the kids. He is a deeply respected staff member here & this only made me respect him all the more. Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 9.04.04 AM

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