Happy mother and her child

Most children in orphanages aren’t orphans - they have family who could care for them. 

Poverty is the main reason why millions of children still live in orphanages.It is often the only way these children can get an education and are sent to live away from their families.

Decades of research show that growing up in a residential care institution is harmful to a child's development and well-being. This has led to a global effort to move away from this model of care as a response to poverty.

But well-meaning support for orphanages - through donations, volunteering, tourist trips and faith-based mission work – is weakening this effort and perpetuating the cycle of family separation.

There's a better way to care for children - find out how