Volunteers should stop visiting orphanages and start preserving families

By Mark Riley in Kampala

Orphanages are an intervention without an exit strategy and do nothing to solve problems that cause separation. Families need to be kept together

I was asked recently by a friend to meet some people from her church in the US who were visiting Uganda on a mission trip. The aim of the meeting was to convince them that supporting and visiting orphanages was doing more harm than good. As I entered the restaurant, the mission trip participants were easily identified by their beaming smiles and even brighter T-shirts. The conversation started well and they were, of course, lovely people who were incredibly generous with their time and resources; a common trait among mission trip participants I’ve met over the years.

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