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30 09, 2019

Kenya takes next steps to replace children’s homes with family care

2019-09-30T08:26:51-07:00

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 care2019-09-30T08:26:51-07:00
23 08, 2019

The dark side of ‘voluntourism’ causes orphanage numbers to boom in developing countries

2019-08-23T07:17:40-07:00

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 countries2019-08-23T07:17:40-07:00
19 08, 2019

Head of Bal Mandir, nation’s oldest non-profit for children, arrested on charges of child trafficking

2019-08-20T07:13:12-07:00

The director of the organisation has been accused of abetting a British national in unlawfully procuring a Nepali child and assisting in obtaining fraudulent documents to claim the baby.

Head of Bal Mandir, nation’s oldest non-profit for children, arrested on charges of child trafficking2019-08-20T07:13:12-07:00
23 05, 2019

Why Funding for Orphanages is Harming the Children it Aims to Help

2019-05-23T09:16:44-07:00

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 Help2019-05-23T09:16:44-07:00
29 04, 2019

The Unexpected Evils of Altruism

2019-04-29T08:02:01-07:00

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.

The Unexpected Evils of Altruism2019-04-29T08:02:01-07:00
5 04, 2019

Benevolent harm: Orphanages, voluntourism and child sexual exploitation in South-East Asia

2019-04-05T09:10:04-07:00

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 Asia2019-04-05T09:10:04-07:00
18 03, 2019

My regret at volunteering in an orphanage

2019-03-18T12:54:23-07:00

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 orphanage2019-03-18T12:54:23-07:00
12 03, 2019

Success Story: Monitoring and Evaluation in Nepal

2019-03-22T12:56:59-07:00

"Following the Nepal earthquake in 2015, thousands of people in Nepal were left homeless. Families became increasingly vulnerable to child traffickers removing children from their communities and placing them in institutions. This is a short film about a programme Next Generation Nepal (NGN) established to raise awareness of this issue amongst families. It was created by NGN in partnership with Lumos, to be used in Lumos’ pilot online course, A Short Introduction to Transforming Care, to illustrate the importance of conducting evaluations in the transforming care process. It was considered a model of good practice by Lumos." Check out this video from our Country Director Samjyor Lama how to monitor and evaluate reintegrated children successfully in Nepal.

Success Story: Monitoring and Evaluation in Nepal2019-03-22T12:56:59-07:00
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