I remember, back when I started working for the orphanage we adopted our children from, having a conversation with a friend about orphanages. At that point, I contended that a “good” and “well run” orphanage was a good way to care for vulnerable children.
She, my friend, was adamant that there wasn’t such a thing. That by virtue of the model of care, the way that children are impacted and the lives that are damaged, she said there wasn’t such a thing as a good orphanage or a well run orphanage. We agreed, at that point, to disagree but respect each other and have remained friends.
A number of years later, I have to admit that I no longer disagree with her. She was right.
Please take the time to watch Tara Winkler as she explains very eloquently her journey from a tourist to a voluntourist to an orphanage director to the director of an organization that has found a “better way.”
The Apparent Project, who I have the privilege of working with, has found a better way.