No child should be denied a family life because they are poor, disabled or from an ethnic minority. Lumos works to support the 8 million children in institutions worldwide to regain their right to a family life and to end the institutionalisation of children.

contact us

Head office

Gredley House,
1-11 Broadway,
Stratford, London
E15 4BQ

For general enquiries and information please contact:
t: +44 20 7253 6464
f: +44 20 7253 6563
e: info@wearelumos.org

For media enquiries, please contact Vicky Gillings, Head of Communications on


5 Neofit Rilski Str, fl. 3
Sofia 1000, Bulgaria

t: +359 (0) 2 85 116 84
e: nela.vamporova@lumos.org.uk

Czech Republic

Lumos Czech Republic
Národní 9
Prague 1
110 00

t: +420 224 283 453 (office)
t: +420 775 988 551 (mobile)
e: petra.kacirkova@wearelumos.org


14/1 Banulescu Bodoni Str.
Chisinau, Moldova

t: +373 22 210 240
e: office.moldova@wearelumos.org

US Office 

2013 H Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
t: (202) 803-6772

EU Liaison Office

Rue Royale / Koningsstraat 35
4th floor
B-1000 Brussels
t:   +32 (0)2 230 73 26


what we do

8 million children worldwide are living in institutions because they are poor, disabled or from an ethnic minority. This is a serious problem, on a massive scale, but there is a solution.  Lumos works in partnership with governments, professionals and carers, communities, families and children, to transform outdated systems that drive families apart.  Together with our partners we replace institutions with community based services that provide children with access to health, education and social care tailored to their individual needs.  This supports families to provide the loving care their children need to develop to their full potential and build a positive future for themselves.

why we do it

Institutionalisation denies children individual love and care, can damage their brain development and destroy their understanding of right and wrong.  Of the 8 million children in institutions worldwide, more than 90% are not orphans.  Most have families who love them and want them but they are driven into institutions because of poverty and discrimination on the grounds of disability or ethnicity. This is a violation of their human rights and the effects last a lifetime. One study found that young adults raised in institutions are 10 times more likely to be involved in prostitution than their peers, 40 times more likely to have a criminal record and 500 times more likely to take their own lives.

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