Global charitable organization Mercy Corps and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, are partnering to bring educational programming to Haiti’s children, dubbing one Sesame DVD into Creole and producing three original films shot in Haiti that will address the country’s post-earthquake challenges.
Mercy Corps will distribute at least 1,000 DVDs of the programming to schools, orphanages and other child-friendly facilities throughout areas of the country that were affected by the January quake.
The DVD will feature two Sesame Home Videos. Cinderelmo follows the trials and tribulations of Elmo as he escapes from his evil stepmother and seeks true love with a princess. Happy Healthy Monsters features Wyclef Jean, India Arie and a host of Muppets promoting active lifestyles.
The three live action films created by Sesame Workshop and the filmmaker Linda Costigan will be built around original footage shot in Haiti in partnership with a local production team. The film titles are Helping Hands, which will feature children helping each other and adults in such activities as preparing food and pitching a tent, I Am Haiti, which reinforces the message that children will be key to Haiti’s recovery and Recycled Car, which uses a metaphor of two young boys building a toy car to suggest that Haitians will rebuild build their country.
The Sesame project in Haiti is made possible through generous grants from Connie and Bob Lurie and the Motorola Foundation to Sesame Workshop.