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Children need families, not orphanages


J.K. Rowling narrates new film to highlight the plight of 8 million children in orphanages around the world. A powerful and thought-provoking new animated film ...

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Lumos launches CrowdRise fundraiser


Lumos Foundation USA announced a CrowdRise fundraiser via Facebook and live on Twitter on the evening of August 14 featuring Lumos' CEO, Georgette Mulheir and ...

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Lumos CEO presents at One Young World 2017


Bringing Light to Children in the Darkest of Places Georgette Mulheir, Lumos CEO, spoke at the One Young World Summit 2017. At least 8 million ...

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What is Deinstitutionalisation?


Georgette Mulheir, Lumos CEO, explains the definition of deinstitutionalisation (DI) and outlines the steps that the process should involve.

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The 10 Elements of Deinstitutionalisation


Georgette Mulheir, Lumos CEO, outlines the 10 elements of DI.

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What's Wrong with Institutions


Georgette Mulheir, Lumos CEO, explains the various ways in which institutions are harmful to children's health and development.

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Addressing Resistance to Change


Georgette Mulheir, Lumos CEO, explains the resistance that is often faced when working to remove children from institutions and why we need to work with ...

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Vendy & Verca at UNESCO Youth Forum 2015


Foster sisters Vendy and Verca attended the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum in October 2015. Watch here as they discuss inclusion and how they feel about ...

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Veliko at UNESCO Youth Forum 2015


In October 2015, a delegation of six Lumos-supported self-advocates journeyed to the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris to raise their voices for children in ...

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Sonya's Story


A short film on Sonya’s baby, who was born in 2015. Sonya was told by doctors that her baby would not be able to walk ...

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100 and Change Could Change Everything


A proposal from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) – developed in conjunction with Lumos and Maestral International - to move children out of orphanages and into ...

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J.K. Rowling in conversation with Eddie Redmayne at Carnegie Hall


"What's happening across the developed world is, disaster hits and families are immediately pulled apart. We'll take those children from you - now imagine that, ...

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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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Warwick Davis visits Lumos Programmes in Moldova


"There are still far too many children in orphanages around the world and, we need to change that." Join Warwick Davis on his journey through ...

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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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Inclusive Education in Moldova


A tour of an inclusive education school in Moldova.

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Closing Krushari


Krushari was the most notorious and largest state institution in Bulgaria for children with severe and complex disabilities. Our latest film Closing Krushari, gives an ...

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Top Tips in Ending the Institutionalisation of Children


Georgette Mulheir, Lumos CEO, offers her expert advice on how to approach the DI process.

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Working with Young People - Czech Republic Self-Advocates


In February 2015, Lumos presented at the Zero Project Conference on independent living and political participation in Vienna.

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Children Need Families Not Orphanages


In 2015 Lumos produced a new animation, narrated by J.K. Rowling. Listen to Lumos Founder and President J.K. Rowling talk about the impact of life ...

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Lumos self-advocates attend the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum 2015


Watch Lumos-supported self-advocates talking inclusion and deinstitutionalisation at the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris, 2015.

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A home for a new life – Living alongside families and friends


A group of Lumos’ self-advocates from Moldova, who had themselves experienced institutionalisation, answered these questions by creating this short film, ‘A home for a new ...

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Knock Knock, Anyone Home?: a performance from Lumos self-advocates


Watch Czech self-advocates perform their own devised piece Knock Knock, Anyone Home? to a captive audience and find out what motivates them in this short ...

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Behind the Walls


25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Lumos explodes the myth that orphanages are full of orphans. Our new film, Behind the Walls ...

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Georgette Mulheir's Ted Talk - 2012


Orphanages are costly and can cause irreparable mental and physical damage t children. So why are they still so ubiquitous? Watch Georgette's Ted Talk from ...

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MacArthur Foundation 100 and Change Final Event


Lumos, in partnership with Catholic Relief Services and Maestral International, presented the case for 'Changing The Way We Care' at the MacArthur Foundation 100&Change finalists ...

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Changing The Way We Care


Lumos, in partnership with Catholic Relief Services and Maestral International, presented the case for 'Changing The Way We Care' at the MacArthur Foundation 100&Change finalists ...

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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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