Something about orphanage volunteering.

Miriam Karmali.



Anna* was trafficked into a bogus orphanage in Uganda when she was just seven years old.[1] She was unable to leave the orphanage, forced to work and beaten if she refused, so that the bosses could use her to profit from donations.
Her story is not unique – but you can help put an end to this profit-making economy, which is unintentionally propped up by legitimate tour operators who place international volunteers in orphanages.
Even though she was scared and far from home, Anna was forced to smile and show affection to volunteers from abroad who would visit the orphanage and give donations that ended up in the traffickers’ pockets.
These volunteers had no idea how Anna really got there and that she actually had parents who were able to look after her. They thought their time and donations would help support Anna and the other children. Little did they know that Anna had been trafficked and was trapped in exploitation.
Anna’s family, like many others living in poverty, were approached by traffickers who tricked her parents into handing her over to the orphanage with false promises that she would receive an education and be cared for.
Instead, she was placed in an institution to endure forced labor and abuse at the hands of the unscrupulous orphanage directors. They required a constant flow of children into the orphanage so that volunteers would keep returning with more funding. Anna’s parents had no idea where she was or if they would ever see her again.
Fortunately, volunteer tour operators can do one simple thing to end orphanage trafficking. By simply committing to stop offering placements in orphanages, they can disrupt the traffickers’ business model and make it clear that they’re on Anna’s side.
Global Vision International, African Impact and others[2] are anti-trafficking leaders in the tourism sector who have already committed to stop placing volunteers in orphanages. This is how they are working to end trafficking and support children in institutions:
“We hope to work toward ending the perpetuation of child trafficking and the separation of children from family care. We are currently working with our local partners to assist them with transitioning to alternative solutions that aim to reunify children with their families.”[3]
Global Vision International 
“We took the decision to stop working with a number of orphanages […] and, as of 2018, no longer have any affiliation with this type of institution. This decision was not taken lightly and was only done when sustainable and practical solutions were in place to care for the children.”[4]
African Impact
We know that if they can do it, other tour operators can as well.
Orphanage trafficking is something that is happening right now andwe all have the power to make sure Anna’s story isn’t repeated.
In solidarity,
Miriam, Joanna and the Freedom United team
*Anna’s story is based on the experiences of children trafficked into orphanages across the world.
Miriam Karmali
Advocacy, Freedom United

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