Volunteering: when doing good does harm

Volunteering has conventionally been linked to good people with good intentions. When done well, volunteering can benefit many people, communities, professionals and governments as well as raise awareness on social issues beyond the duration of the volunteering itself. In recent years, however, we have come to understand that there can be severe harm done due … More Volunteering: when doing good does harm

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The traveller’s guide to dealing with street children

It’s International Street Children’s Day today. The situation of children and young people living and working on the street is horrendous. As a traveller, you often see street children or other vulnerable children, especially in poorer and developing countries. By being generous and ‘doing good’, you may actually be causing harm. What should an ethical, conscious traveller do or not … More The traveller’s guide to dealing with street children

From the outskirts of Phnom Penh to the garbage site of Siem Reap – in the field with Mith Samlanh and Kaliyan Mith

(reblogged from http://friends-international.org/blog/index.php/from-the-outskirts-of-phnom-penh-to-the-garbage-site-of-siem-reap-in-the-field-with-mith-samlanh-and-kaliyan-mith/) As part of the 3PC Partnership Programme for the Protection of Children, Friends-International works together with nine civil society organisations (CSOs) in five provinces in Cambodia to strengthen child protection systems through capacity building and coordination with and contributions to national and sub-national child protection responses in Cambodia. Wanchi – 3PC Child Protection … More From the outskirts of Phnom Penh to the garbage site of Siem Reap – in the field with Mith Samlanh and Kaliyan Mith

That’s so gay!

On 17 June 2011, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a Resolution on Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, affirming that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons are entitled to the same rights as any other human being. Great news, although it shouldn’t have taken that long to point out that gay humans are … More That’s so gay!

Combating Child Trafficking and Child Sex Tourism @ ECPAT International

Today was my first day working at ECPAT International. My task is to assist in the Combating Child Trafficking and Child Sex Tourism programmes. The international HQ of ECPAT are based in Bangkok, Thailand. However, cases of child trafficking and child sex tourism are emerging all over the world. In an effort to stop sex … More Combating Child Trafficking and Child Sex Tourism @ ECPAT International