Calumet has supplied over £80,000 worth of broadcast and videography equipment for a groundbreaking ‘Cultural Healing’ school of journalism project in Khartoum, Sudan.
Ravaged for years by civil war and extreme austerity measures, the country now has over 655,000 displaced people severely affected by ongoing fighting in states bordering on South Sudan.
Despite these pressures Calumet has been working for over a year with Concordis International – a non-profit organisation that helps people in conflict situations – to provide key equipment to train Sudanese journalism students in the art of documentary film-making.
Under this pioneering EU-funded project Calumet has shipped Canon XF300 camcorders, wireless and broadcaster microphones, lighting sets; tripods, top lights, hard cases, archiving/playout units with UPS kits and Mac-based non-linear editing workstations.
George Cozmenco, Calumet’s major accounts, video specialist said: "This is the first time we have ever been involved in such a grand scale with a project like this. This important venture will help bring progress through the documenting and sharing of diverse cultural perspectives at a crucial stage of development for Sudan. Calumet is perfectly placed for this. We have highly skilled staff and all the experience necessary to make this a success - and since we are certified MoD suppliers frequently shipping equipment to forces stationed abroad, sending a few pallets of equipment to Khartoum was no great problem for our Milton Keynes-based logistics team."
He added: "Real journalism is a scarce commodity in Sudan and this ‘Cultural Healing’ programme, which is the brainchild of British-Sudanese film-maker Taghreed Elsanhouri, in association with Concordis’s country director Lucian Harriman and supported by Sudan’s Nasaq Journalism Training Centre, will help bring better understanding amongst the Sudanese people about their heritage."
Calumet is now keen to get involved in similar projects with other UK or European NGOs. Cozmenco said: "The Major Accounts Team deals on a daily basis with NHS, Education, Police and MOD clients so we have the knowledge and infrastructure in place to supply for large scale projects as well as provide workflow training on industry specific solutions when required."
George Cozmenco plans to travel to Sudan in coming weeks to assist with further on-site equipment installation and training.