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Do orphans need “saving”?

by Dan Cruver Published Oct 14, 2010

Kristen Howerton blogs about this question: Do orphans need ‘saving”? Here’s an excerpt:

I’ve seen 30 children sleeping head-to-toe in a hot room in India.  I’ve seen orphaned kids in Zimbabwe go from home to home hoping that someone would have some extra food.  I’ve seen kids rocking themselves to sleep with a distant stare because there is not enough staff to hold and comfort them.

So I feel compelled to talk about it.

The conference I went to was full of people dedicated to ending our corporate preference to brush the world’s orphan crisis under the rug.   I’m not going to stop talking about it because it makes people uncomfortable.  I’m going to take the risk that people might unsubscribe from my blog because they’re just here for the funny stories.  I’m going to take the risk that in some corners of the internet, adult adoptees may get bent out of shape by this.  Because I think that advocating for children without a home is more important than tiptoeing around the complex feelings of grown-ups.  And with as much sensitivity as I can, I’m going to risk my kids resenting me for talking about it, too.

Read the entire post. It’s an important article.


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