There are two intrinsic themes in the horrifying allegations of abuse in the Sankey Samaritan Orphanage which are very similar to the 100 years history of missionary boarding schools funded and staffed by North Americans. The first is the lack of Child Protection Policies which meet both North American and Pilipino standards. The second is a terrible disregard on the part of American funders that children in settings outside of North America deserve to be listened to and protected to the same standard as children living within their own communities.
You said that Tom Randall “raised funds and organized its building back in the 70s. He is respected for that and still offers his services of advice and helps raise funds. He visits the kids at Christmas time every year”. A part of his responsibility as a founder and trusted advisor was to ensure the safety and protection of the children, which includes both having Child Safety and Protection Policies and ensuring they are being adhered to. His yearly trips at Christmas were for what? To play with the kids? He appears to be a playful teddy bear of a man when what the children needed was a knowledgeable, wise leader to assist in ensuring their safety and well-being.
Beverly Shellrude Thompson
MKSafetyNet, President emeritus
Madeline, Joe Mauk had told Tom Randall about the reports of abuse being made. Tom Randall discredited Joe Mauk's report to him by saying that Joe was a "rival missionary".
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