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Caring for the World Films

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Film & Video, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: To provide humanitarian organizations with tools to enable them to increase awareness for their cause, expand their volunteer base, improve their marketing efforts and raise their levels of donations.

Results: Since its inception in 2007, CFTWF has produced 4 mini feature documentaries, 15 vignettes, received invites to screen at film festivals, received 3 Telly Awards. Videos to date have received over twenty-thousand plays and our website receives on average thirty-thousand plus page hits per month.

Geographic areas served: World wide. To date we have covered missions in Honduras, Belize and will be in Nepal in 2011.

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 David131

Client Served

Rating: 5

Caring For The World Films completed and released a documentary about Himalayan HealthCare. We are a non profit working in Nepal since 1992. I was interviewed in the US as past president. The experience was easy and very professional. The team lead by Debra Lang spent an extraordinary amount of time creating a film that very accurately portrays the work of HHC. The story is really told through the eyes of the Nepali people. We of HHC and not be more grateful. We now have a wonderful documentary which can be used to further our work. We are extremely fortunate to have been discovered and documented by Caring For The World Films.

2 Caroline J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Debi Lang both as a board member of Himalayan Healthcare and a volunteer on both medical treks that she filmed. I remember being extremely impressed with Debi and her professional approach to her work. She was 'on duty' all the time and was constantly researching, planning, filming and thinking about every aspect of the organization. Debi took nothing at face value and really explored each aspect of HHC in depth and from every possible angle. She was interested in all parties and took time and energy to see the organization from everyone's point of view - this included the HHC staff, the board, the international volunteers, the villagers, the patients, the healthcare workers, the teachers, and the craft women. She was very sensitive to the culture and to all individuals and made sure her approach was respectful and welcome.

I felt that in the end her evaluation and assessment of HHC was extremely thorough and honest. This was not just making a film for the sake of making a film. We were given a stunning documentary that captured the essence of HHC and has given us a valuable marketing tool that other NGOs can look at, compare and learn from.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went on a medical trek with the charity Himalayan Healthcare and we were extremely priveleged that Caring For The World Films had chosen Himalayan Healthcare as their featured charity and they were making a documentary about the charity. So far I have only seen the trailer but the filming is just terrific. However more importantly Caring For The World Films is helping these charities to gain much needed publicity, to help them raise funds to help others. Caring For The World Films is run by Debi Lang who is very passionate about helping others and overall I think the charity does excellent work

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel very fortunate to have twice witnessed CFTWF in action while Debi was filming for Cape CAREs in San Marcos, Honduras.

I was volunteering on the Cape CAREs team as a dental hygienist, and learned that Debi would be filming during my first trip. I wondered how having someone following the team with a camera would affect the dynamic, but I was pleasantly surprised that the 'filmaker' was actually a working part of our team. While extremely talented, professional and unobtrusive behind the camera, Debi also functioned as an integral part of the dental team as an assistant. During my second trip with her, I often forgot that it wasn't her primary role!

CFTWF goes further than pointing a camera at a group of people trying to make a difference...Debi's willingness to partake in the hands-on experience of the organizations that she films lends a special depth to her productions.

Review from Guidestar

1 Jennifer S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have goosebumps as I sit and think of how I might convey my deep appreciation and gratitude for Debi Lang's gift to our organization, Cape Cares. Debi's efforts to portray our medical/dental missions in two of our sites in Honduras has been extraordinary, and her films reflect not only her passion and hard work.. but more importantly, the compelling story of the people we serve and the mission of Cape Cares.
Debi worked many, many hours filming in a way that was always respectful and unobtrusive. As a volunteer (part of the deal, she insists on being part of the effort), Debi became an extraordinarily competent dental assistant. We came to value her contribution to our work as a team member, as well as for her talent behind the lens. In Debi, we have all found a true and trustworthy friend. So have the people in Honduras.

Review from Guidestar

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year I volunteered with Cape Cares in Honduras and was able to work with Debi and CFTWF. The attention to detail as well as the compassion Debi shows for the people and cause she is filming was inspiring. If it weren’t for these efforts and the amazing results it would be more challenging for Cape Cares to express the mission of their work.

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1

Client Served

Rating: 5

CFTWF helped us get the word out to many people who knew about our organization, but never really knew what we do or why. The concise, 12 minute video tells our story in a nutshell so that people can see how our organization, Teachers for a Better Belize, has grown and developed over the years. Debi is passionate about accuracy and honesty, and her attention to detail is amazing.

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2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've worked for 28 years in the non-profit world, 25 of those in Honduras where I met Debi and CFTWF. I was deeply impressed by the high standard and quality of her film work. She brings important social justice issues in a very sensitive way to the forefront. What I admired most was how she inspired, encouraged and guided volunteer youth to develop their artistic talent in the area of filming and photography to document poverty issues in Honduras.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to work with Debi and CFTWF in Hondoras with Capecares. Her vision for ways to aide these Humanitarian efforts is insightful and her message is inspiring. CFTWF's work is vital to the survival of these humanitarian efforts. I look forward to working with Debi again.
Dr.Dave

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Debi is a true professional. Her work speaks for itself. As a member of the board of directors of Cape Cares, we frequently use her films in our presentations to school children and to civic groups

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to experience Caring for the World Films in action in Honduras with the organization Cape Cares. Debi Lang brought compassion, understanding and her camera to Honduras to artfully and thoughtfully show the medical, dental and social service work provided by Cape Cares. Debi tells stories with her camera and gives the outside world more than a glimpse of what it is to be "hands on" giving from the heart. One of the wonderful things Caring for the World Films does is provide a platform for reaching out to show others what is being done by volunteers.

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Carol S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Teachers For A Better Belize in the Toledo District to bring change to the educational system in one of the poorest districts in Belize. Working with Debi L and Caring for the World Films was a fabulous way for us to get the word out about the great work that is happening. A very professional organization!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity of doing volunteer work with Cape Cares at Los Encinitos and witness first hand Debi L efforts to capture in film the experience at the clinic…the DVD was released in 2010…It is hard to described what I felt looking at the documentary…..the video quality is superb although that came as no surprise having already seen the previous two videos that Debi put together for Cape Cares....I don't know how Debi was able to put together such a flow....all seems to fit as if there were a planned script......how perfectly were she able to match whatever we were saying with her isolated shots of people, site, water, horses, dental instruments, med charts, hands, faces.....and the order and flow of what was said provided a flow, again as if it were planned.....it is amazing....It is hard to believe that the whole story is made up of who knows how many filmed minutes and frames scattered over two visits!!!....That's reflective of a lot of work and of a deep passion and artistry.....Debi is extremely talented.
The still shots of Sak and the filmed coverage of his recovery flowed perfectly....you could see the story....but beyond that ....you could feel it …..and to be able to convey that and move more people to participate in these efforts is in itself is a huge accomplishment…..

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've personally experienced the diligence and dedication that Caring for the World Films has displayed to provide an inside look to a non profit organization. CFTWF accomplishes that wish to present their purpose and properly send a message to the viewers, gaining a clear understanding of what that organization does. I have witnessed the personal dedication from each board member, volunteering their time and efforts to ensure that the work continues to remain focused on the issues as hand. The work is 100% pro bono without compensation. Funding goes directly to the profile organization documentary. All volunteers pay their own travel expenses and fees.

Unlike some organizations that will finalize their work although unfinished, CFTWF ensures the work is completed to the end. The documentaries CFTWF provides for various organizations has resulted in an increase in donations as well as awareness to the mission's cause. This in part is due to the very professional and "to the point" approach that they provide to their client.

CFTWF volunteers are passionate about humanitarian issues, conduct exhaustive research in order to have a complete understanding of the culture, mission and needs of the organizations profiled. In order for the documentaries to capture the true story, the crew must earn the mission volunteer's trust as well as the end recipient. They themselves are volunteers for the mission which solidifies the bonds they create during their assignment.

I'm very proud to have the opportunity to represent this organization.

I'm typically very guarded when offering my assistance or volunteering for various organizations but feel confident and proud to offer my time/services to this unique organization, Caring for the World Films.

Kind Regards,
Sue Champagne
CFTWF Board Member


Review from Guidestar

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

CFTWF sought us out to make a mini-documentary about our work as teacher trainers in Belize. Even though this was a pro-bono project, the filmmaker Debi Lang was very professional and kept the highest standards at all times. It's amazing how much work and thought she puts into a 12-minute video. But she wants it to be flawless. She is very concerned with the accuracy of every word in the film and with the honest and dignified portrayal of the film subjects (which can be tricky in settings of extreme poverty, such as the part of Belize where we work).

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Caring for the World Films is the consummate humanitarian video production company. In such a short amount of time, it has brought journalistic attention to many small, underfunded nonprofit organizations throughout the globe, and has exposed firsthand - through riveting and world-class filmography - how the vulnerable populations that these organizations serve go about their daily lives. CFTWF is also unique in that the stories are told from the perspective of the people served, and does not use voice-overs; as a result, the story is both compelling and authentic.

When I met Debi, I immediately realized that she had found the perfect channel to chronicle some of this amazing work, and help to increase awareness about their causes and maximize the level of volunteers and monetary donations. Putting aside her stunning filmmaking skills, Debi is a hardworking, driven, and committed founder, and I am honored to be a part of this evolving nonprofit.

At the heart of CFTWF, we are volunteers first, and journalists second; we will pitch in with whatever the organization needs us to do, and we remain vital stakeholders to the group with which we choose to work. CFTWF has a very bright future, and I look forward to seeing the positive results that it brings around the globe.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Worked will Debi L. in Honduras. Her dedication and honesty in depicting the true meaning of the mission is seen in her film. As I worked with patients in the dental clinic Deb would come in and shoot without any fanfare or disruption to the clinic. The children loved her smile and were able to truly express themselves with her. She also did a great job assisting when needed (Quick study when we needed her.) Her professionalism and attitude are a tribute to her group.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Deb from caring for the world films, documented over 2 years a medical/dental mission that I led to a remote village in Honduras, through an organization called cape cares. In the field I found her to easy going and flexible. She also picked up any slack.
She became very profesional and at times quite serious when filming and I found it best to try to steer clear when she was working.

She made a great video

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor on several occasions of working sid by side with Debi Lang while volunteering my surgical services to the people of San Marcos,Honduras. This was through the non-profit humanitarian organization Cape Cares. As a member of their medical and dental team, I found great admiration and respect for Debi and Caring For the World Films, as she documented all aspects of our journey. She used her expertise and professionalism to capture through videography the trip to San Marcos, including multiple interviews with members of the medical team and dental team,nurses, pharmacist,students,local village families,clergy, and the overall beauty of this remote mountain village in Honduras. She was instrumental in truely telling our story ,through video, by capturing on film the individual treatment interactions we had. For instance, she was able to film my procedures as an Oral Surgeon from a chairside view,from start to finish. She also, helped many of us by assisting in the procedures by lending a helping compassionate hand. She truely is remarkable!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Caring for the World Films did an excellent job showcasing our organization, Teachers for a Better Belize. The story was beautifully told. After showing the documentary to my family and friends, who have supported me throughout the past 14 years, I get the same response from everyone. They say that they always knew what I did in Belize, but they didn't realize all that went into it until they watched the documentary. Thank you, Caring for the Word Films, for telling our story!!!

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