Head First Documentary: The Orphanage Business in Cambodia


An exciting documentary about the problem of orphanage voluntourism

An Australian TV team went undercover with a hidden camera and took on the problem of the orphanage business industry and orphanage voluntourism.

The one hour long documentary explains superficialy how western money and western volunteers fed and drove the growth of orphanages for a decade. On top of that it outlines the problem of sex trafficking and child trafficking in orphanages.

 

sensationalist thirsty piece which was poorly researched

What gave us a a bit of a bad feeling were the extreme exaggerations and overstatements. Sabour Bradley and the former SISHA Director and ex-detective Steve Morrish sensationalized the topic. They turned Cambodia into a lawless and failed state which has just escaped from the Khmer Rouge and is full of pedophiles and rapists.
Well, Steve Morrish who was „fighting“ the crime against children in Cambodia was forced to resign after heavy allegations of financial irregularities and accusations of ‘behaviour like thugs’ in a Cambodian Bar. The Ngo does not operate anymore. We still believe it is worth watching it, but make sure you do use other references to form an opinion.

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About Sebastian Drobner

Sebastian has eight years of experience in international development cooperation, lived in five countries and on three continents. He started to get into the world of development in 2008 when he volunteered for one year in Cambodia for a local Voluntourism project. He then received a contract as an advisor through Bread for the World in Germany and supported the development of the program Volunteer Action for Cambodia by Star Kampuchea until 2012. At the same time he was responsible for the development of the government founded volunteer program Weltwärts of Bread for the World in Cambodia and it`s mentoring. From 2012 to 2013 he changed into the head office of Bread for the world where he was responsible for the administration of their volunteer program as a program assistant. Now he is studying International Social Work and Development and works part time in development projects. Part of this course was an internship in the Solomon Islands where he worked in a tourism course and developed a volunteer program for Don Bosco Technical Institute Solomon Islands. The knowledge he gained when he finished a three-year training in Hotel and tourism helped during this experience.

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