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  • archiebaby

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    Hello, I am wanting to visit some Orphanages in Cambodia in October 07, I only have 5 days, can anyone help me with how to go about this please

    #1 Posted: 12/9/2007 - 18:45

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  • tazzy

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    You could try this web site, it is an Australian lady who runs orphanages in Siem Reap Phnom Penh & Sihanoukville.
    http://www.sunrisechildrensvillage.org/
    You could also get in contact with Henrik at the Small Hotel in Sihanoukville, he funds a school there for the street kids and may give you some info
    thesmallhotel@yahoo.com

    #2 Posted: 13/9/2007 - 14:10

  • sayadian

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    This article in the Phnom Penh Post might be of interest to anyone thinking of volunteering in an orphanage.This organisation seems quite scathing in its attack on 'voluntourism.'

    http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011102152278/National-news/taking-aim-at-voluntourism.html

    #3 Posted: 21/10/2011 - 16:37

  • frasmc

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    Sorry to further rain on your parade, but just yesterday the Travelfish blog for Phnom Penh also had a post against orphanages.

    #4 Posted: 21/10/2011 - 22:12

  • sayadian

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    Well, I did spot it afterwards.Just goes to prove, great minds think alike. :-)

    #5 Posted: 22/10/2011 - 01:46

  • Suturn

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    #4 The link on Travelfish doesn't direct on an article about orphanages. Anyway, Orphanage volunteering (or Orphanage Tourism) is a filthy business. It's just terribly stressing for the children to have new people every week and being forced to show affection to them. Here some other tips:

    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2012/05/201252285116180430.html

    #6 Posted: 22/6/2012 - 08:21

  • Suturn

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    Besides,

    Anyone visiting an orphanage who experiences one or more of the following red flags, should contact a watchdog NGO such as SISHA immediately:

    Children receive little or no supervision from orphanage staff

    Children are provided with unsanitary/poor living conditions

    Children sleep in unisex sleeping quarters

    Volunteers are left unsupervised with children

    Any signs of abuse on a child

    Orphanage allows visitors to take the children out of the orphanage with no supervision

    Visitors are not asked to provide a police check or background check before entering the orphanage

    Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2012/05/201252183710749736.html

    #7 Posted: 22/6/2012 - 08:25

  • busylizzy

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    Suturn, the link provided by framsc above was probably broken when the blogs were restructured recently.

    Two good TF blog articles to read about volunteering considerations can be found here:

    http://www.travelfish.org/blogs/cambodia/2011/08/12/short-term-volunteering-in-cambodia-some-questions/
    and
    http://www.travelfish.org/blogs/cambodia/2011/10/20/orphanage-tourism-why-you-should-avoid-it/

    #8 Posted: 22/6/2012 - 16:49

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