Former orphanage volunteer Catherine Cottam has shared her experience volunteering in an orphanage in Kenya. She tells the tale of how she was first persuaded to volunteer, how she thought it was a noble gesture, and her awakening to learn the reality of the circumstances in Kenya. Catherine has been writing a series of posts for member organization Stahili. This series has been enlightening fellow volunteers to "know better, do better" and also to "redirect support from orphanages to families".
Every child deserves a family. Children belong in families and in communities. Not in orphanages.