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   Lumos includes families in development goals0 Comments

Lumos, J.K. Rowling’s international children’s organisation, today heralded the final draft of bold new 15-year sustainable development goals for Member States of the United Nations.

Lumos welcomed, in particular, the inclusion of ‘families’ within the goals document, which recognises the important role for “cohesive communities and families” in enabling children and young people to realise their rights.

Sir Roger Singleton, Lumos's Managing Director, said:

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There is a compelling body of evidence that children develop to their full potential in families, not in impersonal institutions. That is why we welcome mention of families in a UN blueprint for international development. The SDGs, in particular, potentially offer a great step forward in counting and addressing the needs of children with disabilities, who are heavily over-represented in institutions.

Gaining the acknowledgement in this important document that we must work to provide children and youth with a nurturing environment that includes cohesive communities and families is the result of the hard work of many individuals and organisations. We are grateful to them and to those responsible for drafting the final text.


 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 09:41.00 GMT | Submit News | Tags: Lumos

   Rowling: Children Need Families Not Orphanages0 Comments

J.K. Rowling has narrated a new film to highlight the plight of 8 million children in orphanages around the world.

The new animated film has been released as part of Lumos' mission to raise international awareness of the plight of children living away from families, in orphanages.

In the three-minute film, Children Need Families Not Orphanages, the author and Founder of Lumos, speaks passionately about why children need families to grow and thrive, and how impersonal orphanages cannot meet the biological and developmental need that all children have for individual love and care attention.


 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 13:29.25 GMT | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Lumos

   Rowling discusses formation of LUMOS0 Comments

In a new interview with The Sunday Times, J. K. Rowling discusses how seeing images of children in cages in the newspaper in 2004 led her to take action.

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JK Rowling was reading The Sunday Times one weekend in 2004 when she came across a picture of a child looking distressed, perhaps screaming. She doesn’t think she registered immediately that he was caged. Revulsion made her turn the page — then a sense of shame made her turn back. If the story was half as bad as the picture, she told herself, she would have to do something about it.

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After reading about the caged boy, Rowling ripped the page from [t>he Sunday Times. Next day she photocopied it 50 times and wrote letters to anyone she thought could help: Scottish MEPs, the Czech ambassador to Britain, the Czech prime minister. She talked to Baroness Emma Nicholson, who had set up a charity in Romania, where children’s homes ‘were like Hieronymus Bosch’s vision of hell’, and accepted her invitation to the launch of a lobbying group in Bucharest. Then she took her husband, Neil, a doctor, for a long walk.


 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 15:25.00 GMT | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Lumos

   Rowling to attend special performance of "Cursed Child"0 Comments

Lumos has announced that J. K. Rowling will be in attendance at a special gala performance of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child theatre show.

Georgette Mulheir, CEO of Lumos, said:

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This special gala performance is not only a wonderful opportunity for fans to see the play but it will help raise awareness of the vulnerable, voiceless children living in orphanages around the world and play its part in helping to get them home and back to a loving family, where they belong.


 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 17:49.34 GMT | Submit News | Tags: Cursed Child Theatre, Lumos

   Bid to see "Cursed Child" with Rowling0 Comments

LUMOS and the producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have released further tickets to the gala performance of the play, in an online auction to benefit Lumos.

The Lumos gala performance of both Part One and Part Two of the play will take place on Sunday 18 September at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End. J.K. Rowling will attend and introduce the play.

To bid for the tickets, click here.


 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 08:15.54 GMT | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Cursed Child Theatre, Lumos

   Rowling to attend live chat!0 Comments

We Are Lumos has announced that J. K. Rowling will participate in a live chat tomorrow, Saturday 17th September, with Lauren Laverne.

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In conversation with writer and broadcaster Lauren Laverne in London on Saturday 17 September at 8.15pm BST / 3.15pm ET / 12.15 PT the Harry Potter author will illuminate the work of Lumos, which she founded a decade ago to return children from orphanages and institutions to families. The broadcast will be streamed live via the Lumos Facebook page.


 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:56.47 GMT | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Lumos

   Watch the Rowling live chat from yesterday0 Comments

In an update to my previous newspost, J. K. Rowling's live chat from yesterday can now be watched.


 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 11:59.08 GMT | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Lumos

   Rowling joins "Cursed Child" cast for special performance0 Comments

J. K. Rowling recently attended a special gala performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in aid of Lumos.


 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 14:17.00 GMT | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Cursed Child Theatre, Lumos

   Full Rowling speech released0 Comments

We Are Lumos has released the entire speech that J. K. Rowling said at the special gala performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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"Hello and welcome to this very special gala performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! I’m not going to detain you long and there will be no spoilers. I really couldn’t be prouder of what you’re about to see and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, every time I watch it.

It’s been an incredibly emotional experience for me to revisit the character of Harry Potter as an adult and a father. The story you’re about to see is primarily about family: about what it means to us, even when it’s imperfect, which it has to be, because we are all of us imperfect. The original seven Harry Potter books told a story about love, the absence of it and the need for it: a boy who came from a childhood of loss and longing who had to grapple with what is most real and important in the world, without parents to help him make sense of it all.
It isn’t a secret that Harry Potter drew heavily on my own experience of bereavement, but I was twenty-five when I lost my mother and I was fortunate enough to have her all through my childhood and teens. Through the work I’ve been privileged to do with Lumos over the past decade, I’ve come to have a new understanding of why those of us with imperfect families have far better chances of surviving this difficult world than those who don’t.

Lumos, which many of you will know as the light-giving spell in Harry Potter, is a charity I founded to help the eight million children who are growing up worldwide in institutions.

It is the most staggering statistic. Eight million children. It’s such a gigantic number that is seems almost unfathomable.

In the developed world, where the practise of placing children in institutions is dying out, we often hear talk of the ‘orphanages’ that exist in poorer countries. This conjures a certain mental picture, of parentless children who would otherwise be on the streets. We’re encouraged to give money to these orphanages and even to volunteer for a few weeks in them, feeding and cuddling children who have learned to take affection where they can get it.

Now here is the unspeakable tragedy of those eight million children. An estimated 80% of them having at least one living parent.

How can that be? Why would they be institutionalised if they have a parent? The Westerner often assumes that there must have been a lack of love or care if a child could be given up to a care home without being orphan.

Here’s the truth: the number one reason that children are institutionalised is poverty. Overwhelmingly, children become detached from their parents because the system in their country – a system propped up by the donations of well-intentioned donors – offers food and education only to the poorest children if they enter institutions.

And those institutions, as countless studies have shown, damage their inmates, sometimes beyond repair. Eighty years of research agrees that children raised in institutions suffer physically, intellectually and emotionally. A recent study suggested that one in seven are likely to be involved in prostitution when they leave, one in five will go on to have a criminal record and one in ten – ONE IN TEN – will kill themselves.

There are multiple challenges in changing a system that is so damaging to so many children, but this is a solvable problem. Lumos believes that by 2050, we can end child institutionalisation.

We work with governments and to show this can be done, partnering with on-the-ground experts who are as keen as we are to see global change. We advocate for children at the highest international levels; we help the money flow in the right direction to create community-based services that support families; and we work with individual children to get them back home, where they belong.

In the last six years, Lumos has:

• Moved more than 17,000 children from harmful institutions to families, family-style settings or supported independent living;
• Prevented nearly 15,000 children from being admitted to institutions
• Trained more than 27,000 social workers, medical professionals, teachers, caregivers, civil servants and policy makers
• Provided 1,418 interventions to help save the lives of children suffering from malnutrition, severe neglect or a lack of access to medical treatment;

You’ve supported our ever-increasing work by being here today. I’ve covered all core costs, so 100% of the money you have donated goes direct to Lumos’s programmes.

Children need, deserve and have a right to families. Thank you, from everyone at Lumos, for helping us achieve our ambition of bringing 8 million children back into the light. It is, to paraphrase Albus Dumbledore, not easy, but it is right."

If you would like to purchase a Be The Light T-shirt, as worn by the cast, visit Reprent's website here.


 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 14:22.00 GMT | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Lumos

   Wright visits Haiti0 Comments

CrowdRise is reporting that Bonnie Wright recently went to Haiti with J. K. Rowling's charity, Lumos, in order to help children become reunited with their parents following Hurricane Matthew.

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During our time in Haiti we sat down with parents who had been reunited with their children through the work of Lumos. Listening to one mother recall the day that she was reunited with her son was heartbreaking. She had no idea where her son had ended up or how to track him, so [she> had lost faith that he was still alive. The shame she felt as a mother for being in such a destitute situation that she was forced to effectively give up her son to a corrupt and shocking form of trafficking was harrowing. I was so inspired by the courage she showed in telling her story and how beneficial her honesty will be for the development of Lumos’ work.


 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 14:00.00 GMT | Submit News | Tags: Bonnie Wright, Lumos

   Rowling sends message of thanks0 Comments

J. K. Rowling has posted a "thank you" message to all the supporters of her charity, Lumos.

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As we plan to celebrate this festive season with our families, please spare a thought for the estimated 8 million children who are in institutions worldwide. For many, Christmas is just another day in a cold, destitute place, where they are scared and alone, often hungry. For all it is another day without the love of a family or any affection at all.

Lumos is working to change the lives of these children every single day. Your extraordinary support of our We Are Lumos Worldwide campaign this year – whether you donated your time or money, raised awareness or attended one of our amazing fundraising events – made it possible for more children to be home with families for their very first real Christmas. You have helped us come closer to reaching our goal of ending the institutionalization of children by 2050, and for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Please continue to support Lumos and help us to spread the word. Together we can give these children what every child needs and deserves – the love of a family.


 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:01.00 GMT | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Lumos

   LUMOS to reveal a secret TODAY!0 Comments

If you have a look at the Lumos Twitter page then you will see that the company is expected to release a surprise announcement at 8pm (GMT) tonight after a Q-and-A with cast from the Fantastic Beasts movie.

What do you think it will be about?

UPDATE: Watch the question-and-answer interview below:

Update 2: You can now enter a competition to win a chance to meet the cast of the Fantastic Beasts sequel.

You can enter and donate to LUMOS by clicking here.

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You and a guest can win the chance to join the Producer and Director for a behind-the-scenes VIP experience:

Visit the set of the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Meet members of the cast and crew of the film.

Round trip air transportation for two to London, England courtesy of

3-night stay in a Four-Star hotel in London, generously supported by

2 individual tickets to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London- The Making of Harry Potter with a tour interactor

Additional Prize:

1 lucky winner will win an original painting of Newt Scamander, the Magizoologist hero in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Mouth Artist, Henry Fraser, signed by J.K. Rowling, Eddie Redmayne and cast members of the film.

All countries can can enter this competition apart from Belgium, Cuba, Czech Republic, Finland, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Malta, North Korea, Norway, Quebec, Singapore, Sudan, Syria, Thailand; any additional countries on the United States list of embargoed countries.


 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 14:27.11 GMT | Submit News | Tags: J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts, Lumos