In the last article, we met a well-meaning businessman who built an orphanage, turned some poor children into orphans and who is now turning them into tourist attractions. This is just one nice guy doing harm.
There are large organisations doing much more harm - but because they are faith-based organisations (churches) it is hard to campaign against them. Most people are quite wary about criticising the actions of churches because it seems like attacking the whole church and by extension, attacking the religion itself. Most people are brought up to believe that churches deserve respect and that they are guided in their actions by a divine being.
One church in Africa is creating a huge number of orphans by building villages for 1,000 orphaned and vulnerable children. They already have a number of these large villages and their ten year target is to 'rescue' 2 million children.
Once a village for 1,000 children has been built, it can not be left empty. Recruiting 1,000 children is quite a task. Most of the children recruited do have a living parent or two; their common denominator is poverty. Once living in the village, they are mentally branded orphans. They are now living in an orphanage.
This recruitment of poor children to fill orphanages is also happening in Asia. The following film was made in 2008, but faith-based organisations in northern Thailand are still building orphanages and filling them with children from the hill tribes.
The film is longer than the normal vid-clip, but please watch the section from 7 to 22 minutes.
Fortunately, there are many churches that recognise the need to keep children in families and they seek to help the whole family rather than take the children away. See the From Faith to Action report [5.5 mb pdf].