Volunteering in Orphanages Pledge

With the best of intentions, volunteers from Ireland are sustaining orphanages that research clearly shows can lower children IQ’s, stunt their growth and increase child abuse. Globally most volunteers in orphanages are unskilled and untrained. You might ask what skill or experience is needed to show comfort to a child, and to kick football or help with drawing. From the perspective of that single volunteer experience, looked at from the perspective of personal goodwill, surely these good intentions can only have a good impact?

When looked at from other perspectives – most importantly the perspective of children themselves – the nature of what is wrong with volunteering in orphanages and the scale of the issue becomes much more apparent. And the need to change how volunteers act becomes much more vital. That is why we are asking people thinking about volunteering overseas to take our Volunteering in Orphanages pledge

There are at least

8,000,000

children in orphanages worldwide

Most of these children are not orphans

Over 80

per cent have one living parent

It is estimated over 8 million children live in orphanages worldwide, but at least 80 per cent are not orphans and have at least one living parent.

With the best of intentions, volunteers from Ireland are sustaining orphanages that research clearly shows can lower children IQ’s, stunt their growth and increase child abuse.

If you are thinking of volunteering overseas, don’t just hope you are doing good. Be part of a growing global movement changing how children are cared for. 

Take our pledge to not volunteer at an orphanage overseas.

Listen to our podcast on “What’s the problem with people volunteering overseas in an orphanage?”