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How (Not) to Start an Orphanage: By a Woman Who Did

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How could it be wrong to save the children by starting an orphanage? Oh, in so many ways . . . Tara Winkler first arrived in Cambodia to join a tour group in 2005 and was taken to visit a small orphanage in Battambang. The children were living in extreme poverty, and Tara was determined to raise money to help them. Two years later, after fundraising in Australia, Tara retu ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published May 2nd 2016 by Allen Unwin
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Andrea
Jun 21, 2016 rated it liked it
A very honest memoir from an inspiring young Australian, that may make you rethink the your ideas about "charity". So glad I was gifted this book by my thoughtful husband.
Melissa Radford
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Heart breakingly eye-openeing.
Sofia TA
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great book from such an amazing woman! There are a lot of things to learn, and loads to change.
Ashlee
Even though I work in development, so already know a lot about the issues Tara covers in the book, I appreciate that she has written it in an accessible way so it can be read by a wide audience who may not know such things. Her honesty in admitting the mistakes she made and the difficulties she faced in finding herself running an orphanage at such a young age is also a really positive contribution - doing development better is all about learning. It's great that she speaks out so strongly agains ...more
Emily Craven
This is one of the most well written memoirs I've read in a very long time. It's done in a beautiful conversational tone that is so easy to read. I love how completely honest Tara is, about herself, about the state of things in Cambodia, about her struggles, about her doubts, and how she finds the will the push through despite it all. That's the definition of true courage.

I wish that the book also detailed the last 3 years of Tara's life, as they set up their family care model because that in i
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Joanie
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aus, biography
4.5 stars
Maxine Hawker
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an honest, authentic book that I devoured in a few days. Tara has stripped herself bare and shared her personal story. Her privileged upbringing Most people think orphanages save children and this is what Tara thought in the beginning.

Tara's ability to self reflect, accept criticism and act belie her youth. The obstacles and challenges that she has dealt with are incredible and beyond comprehension. She arrived back in Battambang to help an orphanage only to discover corruption was rife
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Fiona Morris
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So honestly written and inspiring. I read this after watching Tara’s TEdX talk and I was worried it would just be the same thing but longer, however, it absolutely wasn’t! If you have ever visited or considered visiting or helping an orphanage or even if you just live on planet Earth you need to read this book and use it to influence change
Belinda
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!!!
It was so interesting and brave of her to start something she had no experience or knowledge in.
Son parts made you laugh, cry and totally feel as if you wanted to do something to help
Kamala
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Informative and easy to read

This was a moving and personal account about an important issue facing the world today. Draws you in and educates you.
TheCosyDragon
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Tara first came to Cambodia over 10 years ago on a long-needed vacation. What she found there were horrific orphanage conditions and suffering that she knew shouldn’t exist. When she returned home, she was determined to raise funds and help those children in need. The process ended up to be slightly more complicated than she expected, and this is
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Sonja
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a good book! Taras story was so interesting and informational. I really liked that she admitted all the things she did wrong. I am really glad I picked it up.
Yvonne
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy to read account of a young woman's story of remarkable courage in starting an orphanage in Cambodia, and her greater courage in changing direction when she came to understand that it was not the best way to be of help. A lot of food for thought.
Kim Miller
I started reading this book at 9pm last night and have been so engrossed in it that (other than a few hours sleep) I haven't done a thing other than read it since. This is a well written description of many development issues in S/E Asia, Cambodia specifically, couched in the story of a remarkable young woman. It's essentially reading for anyone who has ever considered a stint of voluntourism or who supports overseas orphanages and NGOs. Made me even prouder to be a supporter of Blue Dragon Chil ...more
Julie Boulton
good read. amazing story.
Ashleigh
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing
Jonathan Leeming
Tara is such an incredible woman, and her work with the Cambodian Children's Trust is so inspirational... This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to make an impact on the world!
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