The Rok Kern project of Children in Families, offers an ethical alternative to visiting orphanages and equips school students and church members with the knowledge they need to become family-based care advocates.
Recent studies have shown that up to 17,000 Cambodian children are growing up in over 400 orphanages. These orphanages are funded through the generosity of people in the West who seek to care for orphans and vulnerable children. Increasingly, these people are also looking to visit projects on short-term trips. However, research shows that short-term trips to orphanages increase the vulnerability of children in their care.
At Children in Families we believe that God calls us to care for orphans and widows. We believe that Western students, churches and the wider community have a crucial role to play in caring for orphans. We also believe that short-term trips can be an important part of a young (and not-so young) person’s journey to discover how they can best live out their desire to make a difference.
Most importantly, we believe that short-term trips do not have to be part of the problem of orphan care in Cambodia but can be a catalyst for change.