31 January 2019

BBC World Service puts orphanages in the spotlight

The important issue of orphanages was put in the spotlight again this week on the BBC World Service radio programme, The Conversation.

Each week The Conversation brings together women from different countries who have shared a similar experience. In this week’s programme, Rukhiya Budden, Hope and Homes for Children ambassador, meets with Hayley Kemp to share and discuss their different perspectives of growing up in orphanages in Kenya and the UK.

“It’s the little ones I remember crying, and no one was there to comfort them,” recalls Rukhiya. “As a child growing up there was no security.”

Institutional care of children in orphanages is still widely misunderstood with many believing it to be necessary, acceptable or even beneficial for children. But there is over 100 years of research that demonstrates that far from protecting them, institutional care harms children. Over 8 million children are confined to orphanages around the world, often with catastrophic effects.

Hope and Homes for Children is part of the growing global movement to eliminate orphanages and replace them with safe, high-quality family-based care for children

“When you have a loving family, children grow up and thrive and reach their true potential.” Rukhiya Budden

With an audience of 75 million people in every continent around the world, this episode of The Conversation gives prominence to the global crisis of orphanages and the issue of how we protect children without parental care.

You can listen to ‘The Conversation’ here and read Rukhiya’s full story here