Vet's Charity Film Wins Acclaim

A documentary highlighting the work of a charity founded by a vet and supported by a Hollywood star is winning praise at film festivals across the USA and Europe. The 20-minute film 'Sahaya – Going Beyond' highlights the work of Sahaya International, which aims to improve the quality of life in developing countries. It was founded  in 1999 by Koen van Rompay a Belgian-born vet who works as a HIV/AIDS researcher at the California National Primate Research Center at the University of California, Davis.

The film highlights the journey of Sahaya International and shows how a rural community with a network of supporters can join forces to transform misery into hope. Actor Jeremy Irons narrated the film pro bono and it has already won the Award for Best Direction of a Non-Fiction Short Film at the Gwinnett Center International Film Festival in the USA. It will be shown at other film festivals across the USA and Europe over the next few months.

Koen van Rompay explains: "Sahaya has taught me what life is all about. Our work is desperately needed and we have ambitious plans to expand our projects in India and countries including Kenya, The Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. While the film's key goal is to raise awareness of Sahaya International in developing countries, we hope that it will also inspire people to realize that we can all make a difference if we dare to go beyond our personal boundaries. We can make the world a better place for our children."

More information on Sahaya - Going Beyond is at For further information on Sahaya International, visit and



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