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Stéphanie's story: "At the orphanage, my spirit was trapped"


Stéphanie was one of the first children to arrive at the orphanage, in a town not far from the Haitian capital of Port au Prince. ...

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Mirlande's story: "Your parents’ love is stronger than anyone else’s"


“Living here is just like living with your mom!” That’s what the Director told Mirlande on the day she arrived at the gates of the ...

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Funding Haitian Orphanages at the Cost of Children's Rights


This report presents an overview of the pattern of foreign donor support to children in Haitian orphanages, the estimated flows in financial and other support ...

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In Our Lifetime: How Donors Can End The Institutionalisation Of Children


A report highlighting how donors can end the institutionalisation of children.

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Universal Periodic Review - Republic of Haiti Stakeholder report by Lumos


Lumos’ submission for the Universal Periodic Review of the Republic of Haiti for consideration by the Human Rights Council (HRC), at its 26th session, October-November ...

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Conference report for 'In Our Lifetime: Global Conference to End Institutionalisation of children'


Report of the conference, hosted by Lumos, which brought together bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, Foundations and Experts, to discuss how to end the institutionalisation ...

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Children in Haiti: from institutions to families


This report, was distributed 26 June 2015, at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour (MAST), for a high-level seminar focusing on the challenge of ...

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Orphanage Entrepreneurs: The Trafficking of Haiti’s Invisible Children


This report provides a succinct summary of the scale and shape of abuse and trafficking in Haiti’s orphanages and key recommendations for stakeholders to incorporate ...

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Child exploitation in Haiti’s orphanages


On June 21-22, 2017, Haiti – ranked eighth in the world for human trafficking – held its first annual conference to combat trafficking. The Haitian ...

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EU and Haitian Government brought together by Lumos to fight child trafficking


SENIOR European Union figures will this week meet representatives from the Haitian Government in a ground-breaking event in Brussels aimed at generating EU support for ...

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Lumos CEO To Deliver September 15th Briefing on the Worsening State of Haiti’s Orphanages


New research shows a strengthening link between for-profit orphanages and child trafficking.

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Stanley's Story: Emergency Intervention in Haiti


Stanley* is a 16 year old boy originally from one of Haiti’s poorest regions. Like 80% of the children currently living in Haiti’s orphanages, Stanley ...

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Daniel's Story: Dreams of a Family


Two years ago, Daniel’s mother died of cholera, an epidemic that has claimed the lives of over 8,000 people in Haiti since October 2010. Poor ...

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Child Trafficking in Haiti


Orphanages in the developing world have often been perceived as a social good, or at least a necessity. They are neither.

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The beginning of the end for orphanage ‘care’ in Haiti


Lumos starts work on joint programme to reform care services for vulnerable children and families in Haiti by 2030. Haiti will this week play host ...

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What does Freedom Day mean in Haiti?


On the 5th of February, the Haitian police broke up a trafficking ring at Kaliko Beach – a stunning Caribbean resort that is a hotspot ...

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After the hurricane: helping Haiti rebuild families and communities


As Hurricane Matthew hurtled towards Haiti last Tuesday, my team and I were hoping the storm would change trajectory or lose some of its force ...

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NGOs Ramp up Push for Better UN Data


Desperately poor and bereft at the death of his wife, Daniel’s father made the only choice he could for his six-year-old son. But Daniel, afraid ...

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Five years after the earthquake, Haiti’s children need families, not orphanages


Five years ago today, my family and I had just buried my father. Hundreds attended his funeral. We had the time we needed to mourn ...

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First National Conference on Trafficking in Persons in Haiti


On Wednesday 21 June 2017, we launched the first National Conference on the Trafficking in Persons in Haiti. The National Committee aims to address a ...

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Incomplete data fails millions of the world’s most vulnerable children


The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promise to ‘leave no-one behind’ but gaps in global data mean some of the most vulnerable of the world’s ...

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Learning the truth about Haitian Orphanages


I first travelled to Haiti in 2003, age 22, as a volunteer and found myself living in an orphanage and taking care of more than ...

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Families In Emergency Situations


Natural disasters, disease and wars can have a devastating impact on families, often separating children from parents. Orphanages and residential child institutions are widely used ...

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Bonnie Wright and Evanna Lynch visit Lumos programmes in Haiti


In 2016 Lumos Ambassadors Bonnie Wright and Evanna Lynch visited Haiti where 300,000 children are currently living in orphanages.

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Orphanages in Haiti


"To keep at home full-time it costs about 6-10 times less than keeping them in an institution". Georgette Mulheir explains why institutional 'care' is a ...

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Andre's story: Rediscovering the love of a family


Andre is an inquisitive boy who dreams of exploring the world. He is hard working and loves to do lots of different activities. Andre also ...

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Supporting Reform in Haiti


A 1 minute film about child care reform in Haiti - Gerogette Mulheir, Lumos CEO, describes the work being done with the government to end ...

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Abuse, Neglect and Deceit: A Volunteer's Account


An orphanage volunteer gives their account of the reality of the day-to-day operation of an orphanage in Haiti. It includes information about the way the ...

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Wesley's story: "We were merchandise"


Wesley is a 17 year old boy, who lives happily with his family in their village in Haiti. He is bright and articulate, and he ...

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Orphanages and child trafficking are linked – international recognition of this will change lives


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