Daniela Papi

Daniela Papi

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About me:

Founder of PEPY Tours www.pepytours.com and board member of PEPY Cambodia www.pepycambodia.org

Living in:

Cambodia Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Joined:

March 2011

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  • +2 rating

    What would I need to know about volunteering in a cambodian orphanage?

    Hello Catharina - I would highly encourage you not to volunteer for any orphanage in Cambodia. Any place that would allow you to come for on3-4 weeks is not likely a place worth supporting. Please read these posts from my blog: http://lessonsilearned.org/2009/10/a-protest-against-orphanage-tourism/ & http://lessonsilearned.org/2009/12/more-orphanage-tourism-no/ + this article from the Guardian specifically referencing Cambodia: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/nov/14/orphans-cambodia-aids-holidays-madonna A recent UN funded study showed that about 70% of "orphans" in Cambodia's orphanages have at least one parent. That is not really core of the problem though - the problem is that many of the now 35 orphanages in Siem Reap are making money off using kids as zoo animals. They bring in volunteers/tourists, charge no fee for the visit or "free dance performance", many of which are advertised in nearly every cheap hotel in the country as both the hotel & moto/tuk-tuk drivers get commissions for bringing travelers there, and they invite you to just come and see or volunteer. The donations people give are then used to line people's pockets and build more dance stages, or to pay the salary of the men who drag the "orphans" through the streets at night begging more people to come to their "free shows". It is child exploitation at its worst. Orphanages are no long accepted as the best way to support children in the US, in Canada, and in most wealthy nations. You don't see orphanages lining our streets, though we too have "orphans". Transitional homes and foster care are considered better options - and the same deserves to be true for kids in "poor" countries. The growth of orphanages is NOT from the growth of orphans but rather from US - the DONORS/TRAVELERS of the world who want to "give" to orphanages with our time or money as it makes us feel good about ourselves. I know, as I have done this myself - it makes us feel good to think we are helping those who we considered to be most vulnerable. To really help those kids, learn more on Child Safe's website http://www.childsafe-international.org/ & support orgs keeping kids w/their families over 8 years ago

  • 0 rating

    what are the best temples to visit in Angkor Wat?

    I love Bayon temple because the first moment the faces become clear to you is a really special experience. You can ride a bike around that area and get a great view of the temples from the saddle - it's one of my favorite things to do! over 8 years ago