Charity or commerce? Hidden home truths about orphanages

It is preferable that well-wishers support poor families of the children rather than orphanages, to prevent fraudsters using the children to mint money. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • A rights group is advocating for home-stay rather than children's homes.
  • It argues that most children in orphanages are, in fact, not orphans.
  • One aspect they pointed out is the misappropriation of donor money.
  • In some homes, children are vulnerable to sexual and other exploitation.
  • An orphanage in one of the Nairobi slums was a glaring example of overcrowding when the researchers moved around.

The festive season is approaching and, in a few weeks, many Kenyans are expected to throng children’s homes with lavish donations as has been the tradition.

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