4 years ago our friend Bob decided we should have a charity football sweeps-take in the pub. We hooked up with one of the local orphanages, and a bunch of us have continued to support them ever since.
What I find interesting are that many kids in Malaysian orphanages are not orphans.
In most cases mum was abandoned by the father. So the kid is packed off to the orphanage, the mum works, and when the kid becomes a teen, he or she moves back in with mummy and becomes a latch-key kid. There are a handful of widowers who are in that same position.
Other kids come from a broken home where one parent has disappeared and the other has remarried to a new partner can't be bothered with the "baggage" from a previous marriage.
Then there are kids who are dumped because they are "unlucky". They may be born on their mum's birthday, dad's birthday, or some other superstitious thing. Kids can also be "unlucky" if they have a birthmark, a squint etc.
Kids around the world are dumped for odd reasons. But seeing what I do, I can't stand people who wax lyrical about how wonderfully strong Asian family values are compared to our supposedly wicked Western ways.
I find myself getting all hot and bothered, and before I can bite my tongue, I snap: "Been to your local orphanage recently?"