Helping orphans and supporting orphanages is almost synonymous with what it means to be compassionate. At least this is the perception in popular culture. But what if it turned out that most children living in orphanages are not in fact orphans? What if there was evidence that supporting orphanages can actually harm children? As bizarre as this notion may sound, it is actually true.
The Orphan Myth: The Global Movement to End InstitutionalizationScott Rosefield2020-03-06T09:26:40-08:00
Kenya has taken significant steps to place family-based care at the centre of its child protection system. This is a break from the decades-old practice of privately-run institutions providing institutional care for disadvantaged children. These institutions largely fed off the effects of poverty, lack of access to services and education, disability and family breakdown.
Kenya takes next steps to replace children’s homes with family careScott Rosefield2019-09-30T08:26:51-07:00
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
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
Do you have money and think you can change the world with it? Do you have low self-esteem, or simply crave instant gratification on social media? Or maybe you just want to increase your chance to on Tinder by embodying a third-world savior persona? Well, I’ve got an easy answer to check all your theoretical boxes: voluntourism.
Institution-based sexual exploitation, including within orphanages, is on the rise in South- East Asia. While the drivers of this increase are complex, the growth in volunteer and orphanage tourism creates opportunities for child sexual exploitation by allowing contact between vulnerable children and child sex offenders, stimulating demand for orphanages and orphaned children through child trafficking and paper orphaning, and providing the necessary conditions for orphanage scams.
Benevolent harm: Orphanages, voluntourism and child sexual exploitation in South-East AsiaScott Rosefield2019-04-05T09:10:04-07:00
It was 2010, I was just finishing my A levels and had two months before starting university. I knew I wanted to go away and do something different. I was interested in development work and as an eager and naïve 17-year-old, volunteering abroad in an orphanage seemed like a rewarding, helpful and ethical thing to do.
My regret at volunteering in an orphanageScott Rosefield2019-03-18T12:54:23-07:00