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Reaching Hand Children cover Justin Bieber's As Long As You Love Me

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Published on Sep 24, 2014

The Story of Four of these Kids:
(Scroll down for Story of this Project)

Kishore (at 00.45)
He joined New Home (a unit of Reaching Hand) when he was in the third standard and is now enjoying his first year of college. Kishore’s mother passed away when he was very young and he has five siblings. His father is a farmer. Poverty led him to New Home with hopes of getting quality education. He is a great poet, singer and footballer. He hopes to be an engineer and football player one day.

Namita (00.51)
Namita’s mother makes a living working as a domestic worker. Namita was brought to New Home five years ago ???. She does not have a father. Before she came to New Home, she would be locked at home to take care of her sibling while her mother was out working. She has a great desire to study, and today is in the fourth standard and doing well in school. She’s very good at acting and is a very cheerful child.

Mohan (at 01.25)
Mohan is an orphan and lived in the slums with his grandmother. After turbulent early years he was taken in by New Home along with his younger sister. Although he was 10 when he came, he did not know a word of English. Reaching Hand admitted him to an ICSE School in grade three and with his sheer determination and the help of a compassionate teacher, today he is in grade nine and doing excellently. He is an athlete and likes to dance, act, and play football. Mohan won last year`s Individual Championship at school.

Naveen (at 02.10)
Naveen is in grade seven at the ICSE school. He lost his mother when he was younger and his father passed away a few years later. Since his grandparents were unable to take care of him, he was brought to New Home seven years ago. He loves to sing and play football, while also working hard at school being a class topper and an exceptional student overall. He wants to become a Chartered Accountant!


(All children's names have been changed for security reasons)

The Story of this Project
This is a project created as a collaboration between the children of the Bangalore-based NGO, Reaching Hand and a handful of professionals working in music, visual arts and alternative art forms.
We spent time with these children, across a series of workshops. The workshops covered painting, beat-boxing, hip hop music, hula hooping and juggling.
Having discovered some of their talents along the way we decided to make a music video.
The children voted for their favourite Justin Bieber song, and they were already beat-boxing. We simply channeled their talents through workshops, a recording studio, three cameras and an editing table.
These children are now in need of help from the people who can afford to give it to them. They currently live in a rented house and will be forced to move from their current accommodation by October 2016. These children - orphans and rescues from destitute families - need a place to call their own home. Some of us want to do what we can to give that to them. This video is the collective contribution towards that cause. My personal dream is that these kids' hero, Justin Bieber, helps these kids build their permanent home and hopefully visit them in Bangalore.
Feel free to write to me know more about this NGO or my work, or any of the artists listed in the credits. I'm at jacobcherianis@gmail.com
If you feel like it, then please donate to this NGO here: http://reachinghand.org/aslongasyoulo...

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