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Petition launched demanding that tour operators and volunteering organisations stop sending tourists and unqualified volunteers to orphanages and that holiday companies cease marketing volunteering with vulnerable children altogether.

Tourism and volunteering in orphanages is fueling the demand for "orphans", and so driving the unnecessary separation of children from their families. In the past decade the number of orphan children has declined worldwide however the number of orphanages in many developing countries has risen in response to the demand from tourists and volunteers. Children are being separated from their families and forced to live in squalid institutions that masquerade as orphanages while well-meaning but misguided tourists are then invited to volunteer as “carers” as part of a holiday experience.

Orphanages have become a tourist...

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