Midland families are being sought to have their experience of sponsoring a child in Africa filmed over several years in a 7-Up style documentary spanning decades.
Film-makers plan to distribute a DVD to primary schools across the region as a way of broadening the horizons of schoolchildren and showing them how they can help others.
Seven families are needed for the scheme, which is being run by South Birmingham College.
The documentary makers will visit them every few years to see how they are getting on and also fly to Africa to film the progress of the sponsored child and their family.
Project leader Lisa Cawley, who runs her own production company in Walsall and is herself sponsoring an African child, said the series would give young people an insight into how they can make a difference to the lives of others.
"My daughter puts money in an envelope and gives it to WaterAid every week but she doesn't understand it further than that," she said.
"She asks so many questions and I wanted to show children why they are donating money."
Ms Cawley said the project was largely inspired by the series of natural disasters that have struck this year.
As well as being used as an educational tool in schools, Ms Cawley said she also hoped the DVD would be used by charities to show people the impact of donating.
Incubator Screen says it is looking for families "willing to make a long-term emotional and financial commitment" of about £18 a month. They must also have children aged between five and 11.
For more information contact Ms Cawley on 07814 620077 or e- mail lisa@incubatorscreen