Illegal Orphanages

Written By Chika Ezeigbo

In places such as Nigeria, Uganda, and Nepal the access children have to resources such as education, health and food can be little to none. As a result of this, children of these countries and countless others are put into orphanages either by force or with parental consent, under the proposition that their child will obtain a better education. Unfortunately these children are used as commodities or a selling point to people both abroad and locally, some given new names like the rebranding of a product. They are then placed into an illegal orphanage with appalling living conditions, all so that these individuals can get their money.

Source: BBC

A False Name

Voluntourism programs fuel these orphanages, and are supported by uninformed individuals who will sometimes pay to go abroad and volunteer. Many of which may not know that it is illegal to volunteer on a tourist visa, put themselves at risk while maintaining a corrupt system. The owners of these illegal orphanages will sometimes use the name of a different charity with the proper credentials in order to obtain money from abroad.

This happened with a charity called The Rock of Joy Trust, a licensed charity based in Northwest Uganda. They had an unknown alias named Rock of Joy Children's Care, a Facebook group where there were regular updates on these children. They gave the impression that donors were giving to a noble and credible cause, but in reality were perpetuating a corrupt system. Evidently, the Rock of Joy Children's Care was fallaciously advertising as the Rock of Joy Trust Charity which had proper credentials and fooling volunteers and donors for personal benefits.

Paper Orphans

In countries like Nigeria, there has been a rise in paper orphans--children removed or kidnapped from their guardians with the use of coercion, force, and deception. Some of these paper orphans are recruited from baby factories involving the use of teenage and adult women to produce children. These illegal orphanages are operated by individuals or groups that sell these children at a very high price. The children are then used for anything, ranging from house maids to rituals. Paper and genuine orphans alike can be used for Orphanage Tourism which involves groups of people like philanthropist and religious groups visiting and donating money. The owners of these orphanages' main purpose is not to provide the children they are trafficking and using with support, but to use them for their own personal gain and profit.

Source: ABC NEWS

False Promises

In Nepal, 8/10 children in orphanages have at least one living parent. This was the case for a little girl named Devi, who was given away by her mother Kalawati, under the pretense that her daughter would be provided with a better education. However, instead of being presented with the opportunity for a better future, she and 8 other children fell victim to the institution. They were left to fend for themselves because their orphanage manager faile