Why you should avoid orphanage visits in Cambodia. Read Q&A with CCT Director Tara Winkler about the pitfalls of orphanage tourism: http://bit.ly/1JVdp3W Friends-International PEPY Tours ChildSafe Network ... See MoreSee Less
Tammi FenwickI run an orphanage in Kenya ad while Tara makes some very valid points, we have 11 in our care who cannot be with family. many others have been linked to families but not all can. I do not think family is always the way but if possible the child should be supported to stay out of orphanges. we only have 11 but they are 11 who need to be with us. i would neer want to turn away people who want to meet them, spoil them a little, bring gifts but i NEVER expect or suggest dancing, singing or performing for visitors!! my kids wont smile for photos and many people say this is not good or that they are not well socialised. They are just not trained monkeys!!!! volunteers should be willing to stay for a month and HELP in day to day life, not come to add it to your resume! theres a fine line...a very fine line1 · 3 hours ago
Helen WhiteI felt very uncomfortable whilst in Cambodia being taken to an orphanage where the kids had to dance for us and show us around. Didn't seem right to me.8 · 6 hours ago
Rachael NormanBecause they are children, not zoo exhibits5 · 6 hours ago
Nay NnadInstitutionalizing children is definitely not the right way to go, and trying to keep the children in their home environment would be more beneficial for the child and their families... Furthermore, with assistance and support from surrounding organizations, sponsors, and founding from abroad will contribute immensely more positively by maintaining the culture and family life these children are born into... And if growing rice is part of their culture then why not continue the financially support in education/health towards these children's well-being in order for them to also continue practicing/learning their traditions.... Yes, unfortunately there are issues concerning fraud cases regards setting up false/fake orphanages, but I personally believe in what CCT is doing for the children in Cambodia are, and have been greatly established successfully through intense research, trial and error all thanks to Tara Winkler and team at CCT... In the end we all have to do our own research if planning to volunteer overseas, making sure to eliminate scandals that you may encounter... Thanks to Tara and CCT for genuinely caring about these children in a legitimate, life altering way!!!1 · 53 minutes ago
Victoria VanstoneInteresting ... people don't think though their impact.
Better to donate than to visit unless you plan on bringing any of those children home.2 · 3 hours ago
Gordie ReidoThere is a whole trade in that, as well as the elephant washing 'sanctuaries, the tiger parks etc. Tourists that mean well get sucked into these rackets sadly1 · 6 hours ago
Rhonda HeilbronnWe support two families not living in orphanages. I believe this is a much better way to help children get an education. If you give the mother enough food to feed her children she will not have to send them out to work to earn money1 · 5 hours ago
Our long-term supporters will remember the arrival of a little golden retriever puppy at CCT in 2011. Well…. these two are not so little anymore!
Rambo lives with one of CCT’s foster families and has been a loyal friend to the kids as they’ve grown up together, “he is like my third brother,” says one of the children. A friendly and cheeky dog with a big mischievous streak (he loves stealing shoes) the ever-loyal canine jumps on the back seat of the tuk tuk each day to go and pick the children up from school along with dad.
Let’s celebrate the unconditional love, friendship and companionship Rambo has given his family. #DogOfTheDay #BestFriends ... See MoreSee Less
Please take a moment to read this extremely important article. 'Orphanages funded by well-meaning foreign donors can exploit children who should be reunited with their own families, or placed with new ones. And pictures are not always what they seem..' ... See MoreSee Less
Anna MurphyVery important to read this, a great article to help promote understanding.1 · 3 weeks ago
Adam PrinceThis image certainly does make me want to build these children a home. I unwittingly reposted this image thinking the children were Nepali. Thank you for making us aware and thank you for your article.3 · 3 weeks ago
Therese KellettIt is partially true. The NGO's encourage support of families and education... They are incredible hard working organisations...
There are from what I have been told orphanages that are sus... My beef is the vulnerable children suffer why adults and the powers that be argue over rights and wrongs! NGO'S work their butts off to support families and keep them together! But in defence there are genuine orphanages that do everything to care and educate the child... Sunrise is one of them... Geraldine Cox the Founder. I have heard horrific stories of the discard of babies & children because of own selfish needs... Aids is in huge proportions here so many children have lost their parents... And some families just cannot afford to look after their children! Their are the genuine ones that put them in orphanages then there are the ones that sell their children... But it has been reinforced and makes perfect sense if you hand out money and sweets to street/living children they are at risk of abuse including violence, trafficking, exploitation (including sexual labour) and drug abuse...I know very little about anything I'm new in seeing it for real how one becomes affected by the amount of poverty and people living in filth on streets... I really no nothing only sadness and not knowing how to help! I am still very naive with. So many things.... X Darlin the picture of siblings depicts Love, Nuturing Safeness in pure form to me... We see what we see... Love to you x1 · 3 weeks ago
What makes a good leader? At CCT we explored this recently during inclusive leadership training for 20 of our staff members. The team had active discussions around building trust, how to speak up, offering constructive criticism, owning mistakes and growing from them as well as celebrating differences.
The four day course aimed to reinforce the inclusive culture we strive for at CCT and encourage everyone to consider how they can be an inclusive leader in the workplace. ... See MoreSee Less