The Forever Films initiative in July is all about doing something to help change the lives of families through education and supplies to ensure adequate nutrition for newborns.
The documentary is about telling stories and raising awareness to saves lives. The need is great because 8000 women die during childbirth in Tanzania every year and 20 newborn babies are at risk of starvation every day. There are 3.1 million orphans in Tanzania.
A Go Fund Me page page has been set up to help fund the project. A Forever Films Fundraising Dinner was to be held at Inferno Restaurant in March but did not go ahead because of a fire. So any support anyone can give the four member Wollongong team carry out their mission is welcome. Forever Projects is dedicated to empowering generations of families by helping them start their own business and generate an ongoing income.
Ms Jensen, of Xander Productions, said her interest started over coffee. “The reason I got involved with Forever Projects was...the fact that it is about a sustainable solution and an ongoing way to help these families”.
Ms Jensen said she looked forward to witnessing everything first hear and use that to help educate and inspire more people to help. When she learned more about what Forever Projects does she could not wait to get involved.
“When the opportunity came up I was driven by emotion and inspiration.” This is a leap of faith because I am not in the best financial position to be doing it. But I don’t care. This is what I want to do. I know we can make a difference,” she said.
Elise's big break in Bollywood – 2010
MT Kembla Bollywood star Elise Jensen's return home to see family is likely to result in her becoming an ambassador for Wollongong.
Jensen has spent the past two weeks catching up with family and friends after appearing in nine movies, three television commercials and countless shows such as Dance India Dance during six months in India.
The busy schedule she has kept since last November seems almost surreal now for the 19-year-old, who also recently appeared in an episode of Underbelly and is keen to go back to India for more international experience later this year.
Jensen, who has been dancing and acting since she was four, enrolled in a Sydney hospitality college last year before getting her big break in India.
She said she was determined to make the most of the chance she has been given and was working to become a stronger and more flexible as a dancer so she could perform more stand-out dance scenes when she returns to the Bollywood scene later this month for eight months.
While at home Jensen is also taking advantage of other opportunities for personal development and is learning everything from interviewing techniques to presentation skills.
She said only one movie had been released before she left India but she expected things might be different when she returned in September or October when audiences were more familiar with her work.
Not knowing quite what to expect is not an unfamiliar situation for Jensen.
"I didn't even know who was picking me up from the airport when I first went over last year," she said.
Jensen knows no other opportunity could have given her as much experience in the movie industry so quickly.
She plans to use the experience and everything she has learned about being in front of the camera and managing her time and talent to search for new opportunities in the Australian film and television industry when she returns to Australia in the middle of next year.
Jensen also has not ruled out trying her luck in Hollywood and is taking every opportunity to hone her talents with acting, singing and dancing coaches and media training while she is home in Wollongong this winter.
She said she knew whatever she could accomplish in the next two to three years could help set up a long career.
But one thing Jensen will never do is forget her home town.
No sooner was she back in Wollongong than she attended The Illawarra Connection dinner with her mother.
Jensen said she was thrilled to hear what the University of Wollongong was doing in India and welcomed the opportunity to talk to the development manager about the possibility of becoming an ambassador for the university and Wollongong.
Jensen was also interested in former prime minister John Howard's chief of staff Arthur Sinodinos' acknowledgement of Wollongong's achievements in India and the opportunities for promoting the city's knowledge and experience in the rapidly developing Indian economy.
She said if there was anything she could do for the city she loved she would jump at the opportunity.
Like many before her, Jensen said said coming home to Wollongong after a long time away made her really appreciate the city.
She said she had worked in some amazing locations, including Thailand, but nothing compared to her home town.
She was also looking forward to meeting a four-year-old boy she had just started supporting as a sponsor child in Bangalore when she returned to India.