This section includes news articles, blogs, and other media posts about orphanage volunteering.
This article from ABC News highlights the growing calls in Australia for backpackers and young people traveling abroad "to rethink volunteering in developing countries as a booming trend of 'voluntourism' exposes a darker side of the industry."
In this blog post for Save the Children, Rebecca Smith, Senior Child Protection Adviser at Save the Children, writes about access to education (or lack thereof) as a driving force for the institutionalization of children around the globe.
"Christians are being urged to radically re-think their investment in overseas orphanages and consider giving instead to family-based forms of care," says this article from Christian Today.
In this piece for Christianity Today, Krish Kandiah writes about the Christian community's support for orphanages around the globe and how their well-meaning support has contributed to the separation of families and other negative impacts on the wellbeing of children.
This article and corresponding video from Vice News explores the orphanage industry in Uganda.
This post by the Co-founder of GoPhilanthopic Foundation, Lydia Dean, calls on donors to practice "Informed Philanthropy," particularly in the case of funding orphanages.
"While all the focus has been on [recent headlines in Kenya] and the ensuing drama," writes Simon Njoroge in this piece for the Elephant, "a more profound discourse concerning the suitability of the orphanage as a model of care and protection of children has been ongoing for some years among policymakers, practitioners and childcare advocates."
In this opinion piece for The Daily Star, Laila Khondkar - Head of Advocacy and Policy-Child Protection at Save the Children International - explains why donating money to orphanages, though well-intentioned, may cause more harm than good.
In this blog post from the Georgetown University Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Sarah Chhin - technical advisor to M’lup Russey, an NGO in Cambodia that assists orphans and vulnerable children - describes an incident in which foreign volunteers tried to block efforts to close an orphanage in Cambodia and reintegrate those children into families, describing the impacts of orphanage voluntourism and calling on volunteers, agencies, and charities to support communities and families rather than institutionalization.
In this blog post from the Georgetown University Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Stacie Ellinger of Children in Families (a Cambodian NGO) writes about a new program that CIF has launched called Rok Kern, which "offers an alternative program to community groups that would ordinarily visit orphanages in Cambodia."