REVIEW | How (Not) to Start an Orphanage

How (Not) to Start an Orphanage 
Tara Winkler 
Rating: 5 / 5

Before she was 30, Tara Winkler rescued mistreated children from a corrupt Cambodian orphanage, opened her own orphanage and, to top it all off, closed it down.

 In this biography, the managing director of the Cambodian Children’s Trust, known for ABC’s Australian Story ‘The House of Tara’, gives an all access pass to her fascinating journey from up-and-coming stuntwoman to ‘mother’ of 14 children.

Opening an orphanage in 2007 at the tender age of 21, Tara doesn’t shy away from legal trouble, cultural differences and personal struggles, making her account painstakingly honest.

A fascinating and moving read, How (Not) to Start an Orphanage directly challenges the ‘white saviour’ complex by chronicling Tara’s efforts to give Cambodian children a better chance at life.

This is a must-read, but be sure to have tissues handy!

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