Not What It Seems: Going deeper into Ugandan Orphanages

Amanda Thorsteinsson

In this short video, Amanda Thorsteinsson documents the proliferation of orphanages in Uganda and the role of well-intentioned Westerners in contributing to this problem. There are approximately 40,000 children in Ugandan orphanages, but up to 80% of them are there because their families are poor, not because they have no living family members. People from Western countries have contributed to turning orphanages into big business in Uganda by donating money or volunteering their time at orphanages. Instead, efforts are needed to strengthen vulnerable families and provide them with social services so that children can remain with their families.