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Children in Families, an NGO based in Cambodia, has developed a new programme as an alternative to orphanage volunteering. The programme, called Rok Kern, is a Khmer phrase which means 'to come and see', a concept around which the programme is built. Cambodia remains one of the most popular destinations for orphanage volunteers, and has seen an increase in the number of orphanages established to meet the demand for volunteers.

Children in Families provides family-based care, community development and educational support to strengthen families and prevent the unnecessary institutionalisation of children. Through its Rok Kern program Children in Families invites participants to learn about and experience Cambodian culture and get a behind-the-scene look at how family-based care organisations are supporting families, dispelling the myth about the need for orphanages. 

Find out more about Children in Families and its Rok Kern programme.

Children in Families provides other volunteering opportunities for skilled and support workers

Children belong in families. Not orphanages. Find out how you can be part of the solution.