J.K. Rowling’s Lumos charity launches campaign, #LetsTalkLumos

On Wednesday, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling urged some of the world’s largest international aid donors, including the EU and the US Government, to use funding for the deinstitutionalization of orphans.

In London, J.K. Rowling addressed more than 50 government representatives from the world at a conference entitled In Our Lifetime: a Global Conference to End the Institutionalisation of Children,  hosted by the author’s charity, Lumos. Rowling spoke against orphanages and institutions, arguing that “children have a legal and moral right to a family life and that institutions, despite the best intentions, cannot give the love and care they need to grow and reach their potential,” according to the author’s website.

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At the conference, J.K. Rowling met Dumitriţa, aged 14, who has benefitted from Lumos’s work with deinstitutionalization, and also 17-year-old Cristina, the leader of children’s council at Dumitriţa’s school.

 

“I recently committed to becoming President of Lumos for Life,” Rowling said in her speech, “and it is my dream that by the time my life ends, the very concept of taking a child away from its family and locking it away will seem to belong to a cruel, fictional world.”

lumosbutterflyWednesday’s conference is aligned with the launch of Lumos’s new online social media campaign, #LetsTalkLumos, “aimed at raising awareness of the plight of up to eight million children globally who are living in orphanages and institutions, despite over 80% having living parents.” According to the charity’s website, “the campaign will also raise funds for a special education unit in a mainstream school in Moldova, to demonstrate that children with complex disabilities can be educated alongside their peers without disabilities.”

To donate to Lumos’s fund, click here. If you are not in the position to donate, please still spread the word about the campaign. Visit the charity’s website to find out more about their new efforts to combat the institutionalization of children.

Pictures via SnitchSeeker.

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2 responses to “J.K. Rowling’s Lumos charity launches campaign, #LetsTalkLumos

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