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  1. Shin Fujiyama
    Shin Fujiyama September 24, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Check out what Dr. Richard Mckenzie had to say in my podcast show about the role of orphanages.

    Episode #19: One man’s response to J.K. Rowling’s tweet: “Orphanages cause irreparable damage, even those that are well run.”

  2. Emma Corcoran
    Emma Corcoran July 12, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Great article. I spent a few months in Cambodia last year and met some Christians from the US who had come to Cambodia to set up orphanages where the children were “encouraged” to become Christian.

    I remember feeling so furstrated and angry listening to one former resident of an orphanage (who, of course, wasn’t actually an orphan) describe how at first she resisted praying, but then converted. She said when she went home to see her Buddhist family she felt very uncomfortable seeing them practising Buddhism.

    I just felt so sad that not only had she been raised separately to her family, and also had been coerced into yet another separation from them by changing her religion. I think these kind of orphanages need to be investigated too.

  3. Ken Oulu
    Ken Oulu July 6, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Orphanages are not right as they institutionalize children and lead in child rights abuses in Tanzania. However govt and CSOs are deinstitutionalizing children within negotiated legal and operational systems albeit slowly due to capacity and resource challenges.
    The lens to look at it is from the child rights perspective and all “in the best interests of the child” as that is the RIGHT THING. Challenges to integration of children with/in ‘families’ will always exist..and am not going into the causes as most as context specific.

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