Podcast #957

#957 Are Orphanages Doing More Harm Than Good? Alycia Pinizzotto

Preston Sprinkle

Are Orphanages Doing More Harm Than Good? Alycia PinizzottoTheology in the Raw

Every Christian believes that orphans should be cared for. But how? Do they belong in orphanages or in families? Are orphanages a necessary way to care for orphans in a broken world? Or are they perpetuating a cycle of harm toward vulnerable and traumatized children? Alycia used to run an orphanage with her husband, but came to believe that they were not actually helping kids, so they developed a different approach to orphan care, one that helps vulnerable kids be placed in healthy families. 

Alycia is the CEO at Story International, an organization that serves the vulnerable of Guatemala so that we may one day see the restoration of family structures and the cycles of generational poverty broken. Story Intl. strives to see fewer kids institutionalized and more kids cared for in the context of family. They seek to empower communities and engage the local church as a new generation of Guatemalans rises up to lead their communities with unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. Story’s motto is: Children belong in families, not orphanages, which is the focus of our conversation. 



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