The New York Times didn't do it's homework before writing their article. Organizations like ours (Lalmba Association) have been providing food, clothes, etc. directly to the extended families of orphans for decades. Of our nearly 1600 orphans in east Africa, about 1450 live with family. Others also have family who are unable to care for them, so we also have orphanages. Some have a parent who has severe mental illness. Some have parents dying of AIDS. Other have parents who have literally tried to kill them due to epilepsy and the traditional belief that this is incurable demon possession. Sometimes it's best to keep an orphan with family, sometimes it isn't. Our orphanages cost the same per child as providing directly to the family, so we choose what is best for the child's wellbeing at that point in time.
Carrole Johnson |
December 19, 2009 at 10:37 AM
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