NGN has assisted the Nepali police and the Government of Nepal in the rescue of 18 girls between the ages of 6 and 18 who had been working illegally in the craft industry. They were not attending school and were being used as child labor.
According to Save the Children Australia, popular voluntourism destinations for Australians such as Bali, Thailand and Cambodia have seen the number of orphanages increase by up to 500 per cent since the trend began.
The dark side of ‘voluntourism’ causes orphanage numbers to boom in developing countriesScott Rosefield2019-08-23T07:17:40-07:00
In middle school, I remember hearing about the local church visiting a rural town in Mexico with a group of volunteers for a week to build houses. At the time, I was impressed. Not only did I not know how to find these sort of opportunities on my own, but I remember thinking how noble it was to put yourself outside your comfort zone in such a productive way.
Voluntourism is unsustainable form of activismScott Rosefield2019-08-14T07:13:00-07:00
At 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning we received an urgent phone call for a rescue of 12 children from an illegal orphanage. The man holding the children escaped a few days earlier leaving the children without enough food.
Despite powerful evidence of the negative impact of orphanage care, private donors continue to provide large amounts of funding to orphanages through donations, volunteer tourism, mission trips and other forms of fundraising – adding to the pull factors drawing more vulnerable children into institutional care and away from family or community care.
Why Funding for Orphanages is Harming the Children it Aims to HelpScott Rosefield2019-05-23T09:16:44-07:00