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Boundaries in fundraising

There has been some debate recently over an NGO in Cambodia who used photos of children in their end of financial year campaign. The goal was to raise funds to provide marginalised children with vocational training opportunities at $500 a child. The organisation used individual photos of dishevelled looking children and captioned the photos ‘Teach a sex worker to sew’, ‘teach a trafficked kid a trade’ and ‘teach a homeless teen to cook’. I was outraged when I saw this, as it was clearly a  ...

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Want to send shoes or clothes to an impoverished country? Think again.

Before I moved to Cambodia in 2011 I had an idea that I thought was absolutely brilliant at the time. ‘Clothes for Cambodia’, I called it, and it would involve setting up a stall at the local markets and getting tourists to donate their unwanted clothes so we could distribute them to those in need. After a few months living in Cambodia I started to realise how naive and ignorant I had been. There are so many issues involved with handing out clothes, and these have recently been  ...

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“Daddy, are we visiting orphanages today?”

Those are the words I heard come out of the mouth of a ten year old girl last week when I was sitting at Changi Airport, waiting for my flight back to Cambodia. As I prepared myself to politely educate this family on why they SHOULDN’T visit orphanages, the girls father told her that they weren’t visiting orphanages, despite what her teenage sister had told her. As he didn’t clarify whether they weren’t visiting orphanages that day, or during their whole trip, I kept  ...

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