Much has been written lately about 'orphan tourism' and detrimental effects of bringing U.S. citizens as volunteers to orphanages in developing countries. In order to prevent these negative effects and protect children and communities, we integrate best practices into our policies, procedures and programs.
These policies are directly impacting our upcoming Peer Sports program in India. The program utilizes volunteer high school soccer coaches and players who will work directly with vulnerable children. However our program is designed to integrate children in orphanages with their local peers, adults leaders from local communities and provides opportunities for children to elevate their self-esteem, connect to caring adults and begin the process of moving from the orphanage to local families or independent living.
You can read more about the best practices we use.
Jenny Mills, Executive Director