On his first volunteer trip abroad, Sylvain Fillion made a promise. He vowed to dedicate his life to developing projects to help homeless children find their worth and find their way.
« I decided to make helping homeless children my life’s work, » says Fillion.
And he did. A social worker, Fillion and his pregnant wife travelled to Peru with Cuso International in the 90s to fulfill this promise. He spent his two first years working with children on sexual health and reproduction projects. He then hit the streets to develop projects that helped children uncover their potential and find hope. Fillion’s work in Peru is captured in a book and a documentary. He also helped secure funding to ensure his work there would continue.
Back in Canada, Fillion pursued his life’s work and founded Tous les enfants de l’autre monde (T.E.A.M.) in 2003, a non-governmental organization with projects and volunteers helping children around the world.
A follow-up documentary on the children he met in Peru will be released in the fall of 2017, and Fillion is currently writing a fictional account of the children he met there.