‘Put Children First: End Orphanage Care’ - Comhlámh Launches a New Campaign to End Orphanage Volunteering
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On 10 November, Comhlámh and the End Orphanage Volunteering Working Group launched a public awareness campaign and a pledge to help change how children are cared for globally. Children belong in families and communities, yet of an estimated 5.4 million children living in institutions worldwide, more than 80% have at least one living parent. Poverty, discrimination, lack of access to education and health services are key drivers of family separation. Orphanage volunteering and tourism are also important contributing factors. Therefore, the campaign asks that people pledge not to volunteer or visit in an orphanage because of the harm caused to children by these practices. Read the full media release here.