I was beyond blown away by the effort, passion, and dedication every single member of this organisation had. To witness first-hand how my contribution was preventing children from ending up in the orphanages, by working with families and the surrounding community. CCT empowers families to make the necessary changes to create sustainable and meaningful lives for themselves and their children.
After seeing this work, I can now understand why we need to strive towards a future in which orphanages do not exist. There are solutions, even for the most complex and vulnerable families, to ensure children are raised within families and communities, surrounded by the love and connection they need for healthy development.
The only way to achieve this goal is to educate those around us and spread the word about the harms of orphanages and, importantly, that there’s a better way to help vulnerable children. We just need to re-direct the funding and support of orphanages towards empowering families and communities instead!
I am so grateful to have had Tara and the CCT team show me my contribution makes me a part of the solution. Being 22 years old, and growing up in a world full of change, and social media as a platform, I am now committed to using my voice to raise awareness of the vital support that’s required to continue this life-changing work.
If I hadn’t watched Tara’s 13-minute TED Talk, I like many of you would have used my time and good intentions to visit an orphanage and unknowingly contributed to fuelling the Global Orphanage Crisis.
If you do find yourself in a position to support CCT’s work and then make a trip to see the impact of your contribution, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Not everyone is able to make the trip to Cambodia, but if you follow CCT on social media and sign up to their eNews on their website you can watch their stories and virtually ride along with the CCT team.
Together we can all be a part of the solution for some of the most vulnerable children on the planet.
Mia Milnes is an Australian-German actress who grew up in Queensland, Australia. She has been a regular donor to CCT since 2017.