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CORRECTED: Film of Filipino foster kids to be shown nationwide.

TOKYO, Oct. 4 Kyodo


A nongovernmental organization that finds foster parents for impoverished children in the Philippines is planning to show a short film at various locations nationwide explaining the group's activities, group members said Wednesday.

The film, ''Anohi Anataga Maita Shiawase-no Tane'' (The seed of happiness you sowed that day), was produced by the Tokyo-based group, the Christian Child Welfare Association (CCWA). It will be shown at about 120 locations throughout Japan from now until the year-end to generate interest in the group's activities and attract people interested in becoming foster parents, the members said.

The group also plans to produce an English-language version of the film to be shown in the Philippines in January. When completed, a videocassette version will be available for rental, they said.

The film runs around 30 minutes. Its first half depicts an impoverished family forced out of a slum in the Philippines. The narration explains that many of the country's families cannot afford to send their children to school.

In the second half, two children who have received financial support from foster parents overseas explain how they managed to graduate from university, with one landing a job as a bank employee and the other as a pharmacist.

The CCWA was established in 1975. Individual and group members each pay 4,000 yen a month to support Filipino children introduced by the organization. The money goes toward the children's health care, school tuition and low-cost loans to their families.

Currently, around 4,800 CCWA members are supporting around 5,400 children.

Foster parents often exchange letters and photos with their adopted children, and sometimes they go to the Philippines to meet the children in person.

The group has also provided about 2.7 billion yen worth of financial assistance for various projects in about a dozen other countries, including Ethiopia, Nepal and Thailand. The projects include reproductive health care, fighting the spread of tuberculosis and well construction.
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Date:Oct 9, 2000
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