Mass was interesting today; we had a guest priest from India who spoke about a special project in Bangladesh that he was soliciting funds for. Part of the project was an orphanage -- at least he called it an orphanage.
He talked about the abject poverty in this area of Bangladesh, and then he said that at the orphanage children were fed and clothed and educated. And then, after ten years there, "we send them back to their parents."
I've posted before about the fact that not all kids in orphanages are orphans, that poor families in poor countries use orphanages as temporary placement for their children when they cannot support or educate them. It was interesting to hear confirmation of that outside the adoption world.
Zoe got it immediately -- after mass, she said, "that doesn't sound like an orphanage, it sounds like a boarding school."
Still hoping for change
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