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vulnerable children and orphanages

November 8th, 2018 | 2 min read

By Matthew Loftus

This investigation by ProPublica into an orphanage and school in Liberia often reads like a checklist of what not to do when running an aid project overseas: Lack of oversight on the ground. Lack of trained or experienced staff running programs. Flashy social media campaigns instead of careful development. Exploitative  Overemphasis on helping needy children with immediate needs without a clear plan for integrating children into their community. Boundary-blurring sleepovers. (!)

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Matthew Loftus

Matthew Loftus teaches and practices Family Medicine in Baltimore and East Africa. His work has been featured in Christianity Today, Comment, & First Things and he is a regular contributor for Christ and Pop Culture. You can learn more about his work and writing at