Children’s High Level Group Changes Name to “Lumos” and Shifts Focus


Feb 25, 2010

Posted by John Admin

The charity co-founded by J.K. Rowling has today revealed a new name and a new focus. Lumos, chaired by J.K. Rowling and previously known as The Children’s High Level Group, will continue to work to help institutionalised children across Central and Eastern Europe but will move its focus from Romania to the Czech Republic and the Republic of Moldova. The relaunched website additionally mentions a planned expansion into other countries. The charity’s work in Romania will be continued by the Asociatia Children’s High Level Group, chaired by Baroness Emma Nicholson.

The Chief Executive of Lumos, Dr. Richard Alderslade, stresses the need to be realistic in the charity’s approach to the challenge of the over 1 million disadvantaged children and young people still living in institutions:

Working with governments at a strategic level – to create country-wide
reforms, not just one-off closures of particular institutions – takes
time. It is not only a question of closing down the institutions, but
also implementing new systems and creating alternative care settings as
well as the not so insignificant task of changing mindsets.

Furthermore, Lumos have been working with the European Commission in Brussels to reform the Bulgarian child protection system. The article on the relaunched Lumos website quotes J.K. Rowling:

Twenty years ago, as Communist regimes across Europe toppled,
harrowing images of Europe’s hidden children began to emerge. Thousands
upon thousands of children were living in vast, depressing institutions
’ malnourished and often maltreated, with little access to the outside
world. Slowly governments have begun to transform care systems. Real
and lasting change takes time, but today we are putting down a marker
and calling for significantly more progress in the next twenty years to
ensure that eventually no children are living in, or at risk of
entering, such institutions.

You can find the full article about the charity’s relaunch by following this link.

24 Responses to Children’s High Level Group Changes Name to “Lumos” and Shifts Focus

Avatar ImageA Chocolate Frog says: I'm so glad that Jo uses her fame and fortune to support such wonderful causes and to further the ideals she championed in the Harry Potter books! I also love that the charity's new name is Lumos! :)Avatar ImageJaeliaVerdette says: WHOA! way to go Jo! (it rhymed!)Avatar Imagerosepug says: Lumos is a much better name than the previous one! Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: In my opinion Lumos is a better name than the one before. It's more catchy and actually sounds like a proper organization..............Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Lumos is a great name for such a great organization!Avatar ImageCarinaPotter says: Lumos is a great name, and it's great the Jo using her influence to make a positive impact in people's lives (not like she didn't make an impact before. Every single person who has read HP has had their lives changed by her and her writing!)Avatar ImageLinnyish says: Awesome! I'm going to Moldova soon for 11 weeks, hopefully I'll get a chance contribute something or other to the charity while I'm there! :)Avatar ImageCaracticus says: I love that it's name comes from the Potterverse. You go cast "Lumos" on this issue, Jo!Avatar ImageCaracticus says: I love that it's name comes from the Potterverse. You go cast "Lumos" on this issue, Jo!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: one of the most useful spells everAvatar ImageCatherine says: That is so awesome! Especially the name, its cute. but i expected nothing less from our wonderful Jo!!!!! I wish her luck and wish i could do more to help!Avatar ImageI love my Spectra Specs says: Jo is so amazing, and I love the new name :)Avatar Imageegdillon28 says: WOW, that is so cool. Jo is so amazing, and I do agree Lumos really fits and of course is easier to say!!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: What a wonderful new name to use to represent a fantastic organization seeking to bring light into the life of countless suffering children.Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: this sounds so cool! i love the name change too :) so perfect Avatar Imageemdash84 says: Lumos sounds perfect. Keep on doing great work, and touching so many lives. xoxoAvatar ImageMoose_Starr says: JKR is awesome (well yeah I guess that's what is known as stating the obvious lol) As well as just giving her money, she gives her time and effort to help make things better for people, whether it's for health or Haiti or in this case kids. She dedicates her time and attention to helping people and trying to improve things. Avatar ImageFifi says: That name perfectly fits!Avatar Imageharrygetsme says: that's so sad. i'm glad to see that jo is taking such an active role in changing the lives of these children!Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: Love the name! Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: A daunting task, but so admirable. Love the new name, too.Avatar ImagePollytomat says: I definitely like this change! "Lumos" brings light, hope, good. Everything that the children need!Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: I'm so glad that Jo is using her power and influence for the 'greater good'! I think that's why so many people like her. She's so amazing at what she does and she does it to help other people too, not just herself! Jo, you're amazing!Avatar ImageMadam Snape says: WOW! That's a great move from J.K. Rowling! Congratulations!

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