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Children's High Level Group Changes Name to "Lumos" and Shifts Focus

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Rosi
February 25, 2010, 04:08 PM

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.

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226 Points

Lumos sounds perfect.
Keep on doing great work, and touching so many lives.


Posted by emdash84 on February 26, 2010, 11:27 AM report to moderator
8876 Points

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.

Posted by Moose_Starr on February 26, 2010, 12:36 PM report to moderator
4056 Points

That name perfectly fits!

Posted by fifi ~::~ ıɟıɟ {WBM!} {ITC!} on February 26, 2010, 01:42 PM report to moderator
3187 Points

that’s so sad. i’m glad to see that jo is taking such an active role in changing the lives of these children!

Posted by harrygetsme on February 26, 2010, 02:39 PM report to moderator
1985 Points

Love the name!

Posted by jhangelgurl (ITC!) on February 26, 2010, 07:15 PM report to moderator
3134 Points

A daunting task, but so admirable. Love the new name, too.

1373 Points

I definitely like this change! “Lumos” brings light, hope, good. Everything that the children need!

Posted by Pollytomat on February 27, 2010, 02:36 PM report to moderator
12348 Points

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!

Posted by LoveTomRiddle [ROAR] on February 27, 2010, 11:33 PM report to moderator
311 Points

WOW! That’s a great move from J.K. Rowling! Congratulations!

Posted by Madam Snape on March 21, 2010, 11:55 PM report to moderator
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