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If you go to and read the second article, you’ll see a couple of important names. I think it’s worthwhile talking about why they are important. What are those names? JK Rowling and Lumo…
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.
Parents pay for their children’s needs, it’s that simple right? Well, not quite. Let take a look at a couple of things.