i found a new york times article that supports my thoughts on volunteering in orphanages in africa. it takes a macro view of institutionalisation and how funding orphanages ultimately negatively affects the community. instead of giving the money and other in-kind support to extended families, it is poured into orphanages staffed by 'strangers.'
read the article, it is much more articulate than i can be on this topic. i have already forwarded it to friends who have expressed an interest in volunteering in africa. they might be sick of hearing me go on about this in attempts to encourage them to revise their travel plans, but i really do feel strongly about it.
let me know what you think, i am curious to know if i am in the minority on this one.