Our Subjects

by Gail Mooney
May 5 2010

It’s so easy and necessary to get caught up in the details of planning this trip and what we’ll need to produce this documentary. But at the end of the day, when I start to wind down for the evening, my mind always turns to the subjects of our film and the purpose of this trip.

When I picture Erin and I in the midst of the experience – with the people, the cultures and different environments that will soon become our norm – I think about how rewarding this will be for both of us to be around such extraordinary people.

Erin grew up in an idyllic part of the world, surrounded by the beauty of nature yet in close proximity to New York City, one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Such beauty and convenience comes at a cost and living in an affluent community, I was always mindful to make sure that Erin knew that not all eight year olds in the world lived in huge houses and had elaborate birthday parties. We frequently took Erin with us on our travels to expose her to all ways of life.

One of our subjects, Maggie Doyne is from our small community. Erin and Maggie graduated high school together. Maggie in fact inspired our project. She opted to travel after getting out of high school instead of heading straight off to college. She ended up in Nepal and five years later she has built a children’s home and is now constructing a school. We started to learn about more people like Maggie who followed their passion to do good in the world. We wanted to shine a little light on these people who are making a positive difference in the world. Please read more about our subjects and visit their websites to read about the wonderful work they are doing.

Our hope is that by bringing awareness about people like this, we will inspire others to follow their dreams and passions to make change.

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