In this talk, Emily Delap from Family for Every Child puts the use of orphanages in Nepal into a global context and explores the international evidence on the harm caused by allowing children to grow up away from families, and on the problems of orphanage voluntourism.
Next Generation Nepal Country Director Martin Punaks talks about orphanage trafficking in Nepal, why orphanage volunteers may inadvertently be part of the problem and how you can be part of the solution through ethical volunteering and other ways of "giving back."
Next Generation Nepal is hiring for the position of in-country Country Director in Nepal. This is NGN’s most senior representative and administrator in Nepal. The post of Country Director is a diverse, exciting and challenging role for a highly skilled and dedicated candidate who can lead NGN in its current phase, as well as into a new phase of its development.
In this special feature from ABCNews on orphanage volunteerism in Nepal, ABC News claims that Kathmandu is a major hub for voluntourists who are attracted to Nepal’s many orphanages and children’s homes. However, as the story points out, only 85% of children who live in Nepal’s orphanages are actually orphans. These children are housed in horrible conditions and are often abused.
This post is part of the Better Volunteering Better Care Initiative’s month-long spread of articles aimed at raising awareness around the issues of orphanage volunteering. In this post, the author interviews Caroline Scheffer, former Country Director of the The Umbrella Foundation, who shares her thoughts on volunteer and orphanage tourism, and her recommendations for helping ensure the safety and well-being of vulnerable children in developing countries.