I just read this article about people going to visit orphanages in Cambodia and it really struck a chord with me. I don’t know how to feel about it. I’m not sure what to think.
On the one hand …
If kid are in orphanages and they depend on tourism to survive .. then god bless ’em. What’s wrong with donating a few dollars to help children have access to food, clothing, and shelter?
On the other hand …
I see her point about
Aside from probably not teaching them anything, I achieved the following:
- nice photos
- lots of feeling good
- something to tick off my list and tell people about
- A great deal of learning and growth and stuff to think about, no doubt which made me a wiser person, more compassionate more aware of the world around me.
These are mostly good things, and I am grateful for the experience. But I no longer believe it served any benefit whatsoever to the children. I was one of a constant stream of white faces drifting in and out of their lives. For them, a neutral experience at best.
Where is the line between “helping” the children and giving ourselves feel good fuzzies?