If the tourist gives some sort of charity (money, food, health supplies, etc.) to the orphanage during the visit then it's an act of good will. If the tourist doesn't give anything and just wants to take pictures of a bunch of Cambodian kids to add to their trip pictures, then it's an act of selfishness.
Agree with DLuek. It is just unbelievablY rude when well-heeled tourists visit an orphanage, or attend a show put on as a fundraising effort by the orphans and then walk away without giving at all. Completely insensitive.
If as a visitor you wish to "shop around" to find a cause that suits your sensibility, then fine - but do your research on the web.
#3 DuncanStuart has been a member since 22/9/2009. Posts: 32