Impact: Proceeds from film
Proceeds from the movie have gone directly to the village school where the movie was filmed providing 16,000 lunches by the end of 2015. Most children arrive at school without breakfast and will not eat until dinner. The importance of providing a healthy meal at school is highlighted by the World Bank book “Efficient Learning for the Poor Insights from the frontier of Cognitive Neuroscience” by Helen Abadzi. Pictured below is one of the wonderful cooks at the school. We’re also proud to let you know that we responded in 2016 to a request from the Senegalese school where we filmed to pay for notebooks, paper, chalk and other supplies.
Update 2016. With more libraries and universities purchasing the film Tall as the Baobab Tree, we continue our support to the school that opened their doors to us for filming. This school year we purchased school shirts that the children proudly wear. Their parents helped to pay for these to encourage their involvement with the school – it’s all part of ongoing local efforts to help instill pride in attending this first village school.
Update 2017. Tall as the Baobab Tree is still being purchased by schools and libraries so we were pleased to contribute to recent local community festivities to support the school where we filmed. Celebrating the multi-ethnic heritage of the student population, the community of 300 came out with delicious food, dancing, student-prepared skits and everyone dressed to show off their cultural backgrounds. You may recall that the students that appeared in TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE were the very first in their villages to attend school.