In the poorest regions of India, widows are a burden. Formerly, they would be burnt alive while their husbands were cremated. Today, many widows are made to leave their families and forced to beg in the streets. Fortunately, some Hindu monasteries are able to offer shelter and hope to these betrayed women.
When kids are accused of witchcraft in Africa’s Democratic Republic of the Congo, they’re thrown out of their homes. They beg and steal in the streets, where might is right. The aim of the country’s first centre for homeless children is to bring them back to their families. But superstition in Congolese society is hard to combat.
Pastor and pilgrim Gennady Mokhnenko - a foster father of 32 former street boys, travels to Africa to sponsor a 33rd son, a boy from the streets of Kenya. He brings along three of his foster sons and a team of volunteers. They work in orphanages and hospitals, bring money to provide medications, food and clothes in their mission to help Kenyan street kids and orphans.
The film exposes the plight of Syrian refugee families who cross the border into Lebanon to flee civil war in their country. Now their children have to abandon the dream of a good education and say goodbye to their carefree childhood as circumstances force them to become the breadwinners.
Olga helps Aleksandr Ivanov, a former military officer who became homeless when a factory he worked at closed down. She gets him a train ticket so he can finally return home to his elderly mother. Anna helps Sergey to film, edit and publish his video. His song is dedicated to all the homeless people stuck in the world that society tries not to see.
Olga, the charity shop volunteer, speaks of her experience helping the homeless. Despite coming across rudeness and ungratefulness every time she distributes free clothes, she found she couldn’t just leave this job because she needs this opportunity to convince the homeless to change their lifestyle.
Anna and Sergey film a music video to showcase his talent as well as to raise awareness of the problem of homelessness. Aleksandr, who lied to his mother about his circumstances and lost his papers, decided to stay with the homeless for the winter. With this purpose in mind he’s building himself a house out of discarded doors.
Homeless Sergey came to Moscow in order to make it big. He is a singer, but the only place he has been singing in the capital is in the streets. Nevertheless, he doesn’t lose his optimism and drive. He is sure that he’ll eventually win Moscow over.
Anna is a volunteer who helps homeless people. She feeds and clothes them and tries to help them find work or encourage them to return home if they have one. She travels to one of the places where the homeless gather and build houses out of construction waste.
They've got no home, no hope and no love. Life spat them out of its course and now they struggle for a roof over their heads and a piece of bread. Some of them have accepted that the rest of their days are going to pass on the streets and some's hopes still linger on of getting back into the groove.
For some people, the so-called ‘Tower of David’ is just an unfinished
skyscraper. For others, it’s an asylum for robbers and murderers. About
800 families call this place home. RTD presents a film about people that
live in this tower.
About a hundred people live in a specially organised ‘Tent City’ in New Jersey. All of them have different stories and different reasons for coming here. The film takes a look at how they manage to live their lives and what hopes and beliefs they have.
James Brown explores what it’s like to be homeless on the streets of the UK. Christmas is all about being with the people you love and enjoying life but this time, James joins thousands from all round the country who are forced to sleep rough and beg for money.