A short animation that outlines the impact of volunteering in an orphanage
This is a great, short and simple animation that explains why it might be wrong to volunteer in or donate to orphanages. It outlines the negative impact of institutionalized care and outlines the impact of volunteering in an orphanage.
In many volunteer placements well intentioned voluntourists are actively encouraged to donate money and presents. Through these donations wrong people profit from the misery of children. Volunteers must consider their implications of their actions: often it might be better to support or volunteer in a local project that keep families.
Also we find it important not to generalize, which many campaigns unfortunately do: There are great orphanages as well as placements within institutionalized care. They are just very rare. Projects where volunteers interact with people that are most at risk must have the qualifications, time, accompany measures, preparation and evaluation that is necessary to have a positive long term impact.