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Home #3 – You can go to school

Written by on August 22, 2015 in Home, a Cambodian story (series) with 0 Comments


In a 2011 study eighty percent of Cambodians said that if a family cannot afford to send a child to school, then that child is better off in an orphanage. Parents all too often send their children to orphanages to receive an education and other perceived benefits. The sad reality is that residential care, despite being very expensive to provide, is more accessible to poor families than simple, cost-effective educational support services in their own communities. Orphanages require children to leave their families to get these services; but community-based services can strengthen families and keep them together.

Andy Gray

About the Author

About the Author: Andy Gray hosts and writes for Uniting for Children. He lives in Cambodia with his family where he works with Alongsiders International. He wrote Home, a Cambodian story and created the video “Why Not a Family?.