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Big Country students film movie to help homeless children in India

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:54:16 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 18 2013 03:21:36 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

Nine members of the Big Country Home Educators are making the most of their spare time by learning, having fun and helping children all the way in India.

Isaac Donaldson, 16, started writing his version of Robin Hood in October. It's a comedic take on the classic, called "The Merry Mishaps of Robin Hood."

Now, he's seeing it all come to life on film. But this is more than just playtime; it's for a cause close to his heart.

The Sanctuary Home for Children is an Abilene-based charity that helps give kids in Tenali, India a safe place to live. Cultural differences and the disparity between rich and poor are two major reasons that homelessness is such a large issue for the country.

The organization opened its doors in 2006 sponsoring 15 children. Since then, that number has risen to more than 100. The goal is to give orphans a Christian-based place to live until they graduate high school at age 16.

"They bring in children off the streets, they give them a home, a shelter, an education, and they train them with life skills to help them after they graduate," Donaldson said.

Ian Bonson plays the lead in the movie, and said he's happy to help out while he does what he loves.

"Living in America, we take it for granted a lot of the stuff that we get, but when you hear about what these children have to go through in India, it makes you want to reach out and help them," Bonson said. "So that's why we're doing this for them."

Now that the movie is almost completed, the group is looking for a venue in Abilene to show it off. They said all the funds they raise will go straight to The Sanctuary Home for Children.

"It really does impact me when I think about how what we're doing can really help them," Donaldson said.

The movie is expected to be completely shot by Sunday, and ready to view by February.

If you are interested in helping the students with a venue, you can contact Helen Donaldson at houseopraise@yahoo.com.

To learn more about The Sanctuary Home for Children, or to donate, click here.