Children of The Dump: Small Steps Project

Children of The Dump is the true story of a group of children living on a dump in Cambodia who Small Steps Project helped off the dump. The documentary was premiered at Glastonbury Festival and the soundtrack donated to the charity by The Black Keys.

  • Amy Hanson
  • Amy Hanson
  • Edward Rolfe
  • Thida
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 25, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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  • Language:
    Central Khmer, English
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  • Glastonbury Festival
    Shepton Mallet
    United Kingdom
    June 25, 2014
    Glastonbury Festival
Director Biography - Amy Hanson

Amy is the founder of Small Steps Project. She working at an HIV hospice in Cambodia when she first visited the Stung Meanchey Dump, in Phnom Penh in 2009. It was there that she first saw hundreds of barefoot impoverished children scavenging in waste. She has been delivering shoe distributions and emergency aid projects to children and communities on dumps all over the world ever since. She also devises and implements sustainable projects within country delivery partners to create solutions that enable children to take small steps off the dump.

She directs and produces documentaries, to create awareness about and campaign against the unacceptable conditions in which these children live. The films illustrate the problems they face and the solutions that we provide.

She also heads up the UK Fundraising, The London Celebrity Shoe Auction and the Press & PR, using her skills as a former Celebrity Journalist to help generate publicity about an issue that is neglected in the media.

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Director Statement

After making several documentaries about helping the children on the dumps, I wanted to make a documentary from point of view of the children themselves, to show their strong and fearless personalities rather than as victims that we were helping. It was a privilege to work with Thida and all the funds and awareness that the film has raised go straight back to the charity that pays for the continued educational support of the children on the dumps.