A Nigerian lady identified as Tamuno Tonye has taken to Twitter to decry the rate at which Nigerians visit orphanages, which she believes the orphans might not really be comfortable with.
According to her, the usual ritual of people visiting on their birthdays is wrong and if anyone feels they need to show love to the children, they should visit regularly and not just on their own special day.
I think we should stop visiting orphanages the way we do.
As a child I hated it when visitors came and disrupted my play time. The orphans in homes, that’s their life now. Constantly seeing different faces, forcing smiles for our pictures and putting on a show for us.
We go there with cakes and drinks to celebrate our own birthdays. But who goes to celebrate their own birthdays with them. Some of them don’t even know their birthdays.
Thinking about it, if I were in their shoes I’ll begin to feel like I’m in a circus.
I believe it’s okay to call the admin, donate and send things to them.
If you don’t plan on being a regular visitor who goes to spend genuine time with the kids or volunteer, just send in your donations.
Choose a day in the week to go & help them with their homework, form a reading club with them or even a Bible study club.
Be their big Aunty or uncle. Let them gist you about their crush, things happening in school etc.
This is what I believe they’ll love. A regular childhood