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I Worked In Orphanages For Years But Now Know There Is No Substitute For Family

Date Posted: 14/02/2017

Read about the dangers of orphanage volunteering and how Partner West Africa offers an alternative.

I worked in orphanages for years but now know there is no substitute for family: read the full article here.

Partner West Africa are a member of the ‘Better Volunteering, Better Care’ initiative, which is aimed at discouraging international volunteering in residential care centers (orphanages) and promoting ethical volunteering alternatives supporting children and families. All the research indicates that children do better when living in a family environment not residential care centres, consequently PWA runs a Daycare and Nursery Centre for vulnerable children providing the critical support to these children whilst ensuring the children return home at the end of the school day and that continued care and parental responsibility remains with the children’s parents and families. We invite international volunteers to bring new ideas to the centre’s curriculum, their work is implemented much like that of a ‘special activity’ or ‘extra-curricular event’ rather than 1 to 1 full time support, preventing them from forming close relationships with already vulnerable children which are invariably broken when the volunteer leaves.

Find out more about our ethical volunteering alternatives with children at the PWA Daycare and Nursery Centre here.

Author: The Guardian

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