Don't think you are helping. Know you are.
There are some places you should never be a tourist. Orphanages are one of them.
Wanting to make a difference to the world is amazing. But orphanage tourism and volunteering is not helping. In fact, it fuels an industry where children are used as tourist attractions and, in some cases, trafficked and exploited. Our campaign #HelpingNotHelping launched by J.K. Rowling aims to stop orphanage tourism by encouraging people to take action.
Speaking at One Young World, the global forum for young leaders, J.K. Rowling, as Founder and President of Lumos said:
“Despite the best of intentions, the sad truth is that visiting and volunteering in orphanages drives an industry that separates children from their families and puts them at risk of neglect and abuse. Do not volunteer in orphanages. Instead, look at what drives children into institutions and dedicate your time to projects that tackle poverty or support communities with vital services.”