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Georgette Mulheir is the Chief Executive Officer at Lumos.  For over 20 years she has worked around the world on large-scale programmes to transform the lives of thousands of vulnerable children and their families. She has pioneered a model of deinstitutionalisation now followed in many countries, has advised governments and the European Commission on the reform of services for children and families and is the author of four books related to children’s rights

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On the 5th of February, the Haitian police broke up a trafficking ring at Kaliko Beach – a stunning Caribbean resort that is a hotspot for national and international tourists. Thirty-one girls...
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On International Women’s Day 2017, at least 29 girls died following a fire at a children’s home in Guatemala. That headline...
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Could a potential investment from the MacArthur Foundation finally help bring an end to this particular injustice against children?
by Georgette Mulheir
 
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Father's Day 18/06/2016

When children are vulnerable – following war or disasters – it is often because they are left behind with only one parent.  In many cases that is the mother.  Bringing children up alone is a huge...

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In many countries, the 1st of June is celebrated as international children’s day. Over my years working to end the institutionalization of children, I have often come to wonder what that means...
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We may just about grasp the challenges faced by a very poor Romanian family with five children, including a daughter in a wheelchair, when they learned their new-born twin boys had been...
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Desperately poor and bereft at the death of his wife, Daniel’s father made the only choice he could for his six-year-old son. But Daniel, afraid and hungry — and even lonelier than when his...
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Lumos Foundation had never entered an awards competition before this year.  So its staff were astounded to win the overall award at the Charity Awards, says chief executive Georgette...
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A group of children in a residential...
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My first job, as a young Residential Social Worker in Sheffield, Northern England, involved supporting very young mothers and babies to stay together.   It brought amazing satisfaction to see...
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FOR more than 20 years, in 23 countries, I have helped to move disadvantaged and disabled children out of institutions and so-called orphanages, where their development can be irreparably...
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Five years ago today, my family and I had just buried my father.  Hundreds attended his funeral.  We had the time we needed to mourn and were comforted by extended family and...
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In Northern Transylvania, Christmas is extraordinary.  Picture-postcard mountains and pine forest, covered with a metre of snow.  The air crisp and cold.  Horse-drawn sleighs drive through...
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“They hide us away… and treat us like animals. But we are not animals. We are human beings. And we have rights”.
 
 
EACH year, on December 10, we commemorate...
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When I first worked in Romania, in the early 1990s, there were hushed discussions and rumours about the problem of HIV infection in the institutions.   The stories told to me by institution...
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Nothing prepares you for seeing a child in a cage.  There is something so viscerally wrong with caging children that the image confronting you makes no sense.  Look around you and you see that...
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On the 9th of November, 1989, the Berlin Wall was breached.  We, the children of the cold war, watched in awe, as thousands from behind the Wall climbed to the top and began to hack and tear at...
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Orphan Day 07/11/2014
Five years ago, my father died. I was a grown-up.  I had spent my entire career working with children who were grief-stricken and bereaved in one way or another. I understood ‘loss’.  I was...
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We can scarcely imagine the trauma in a young child’s life when their mother, or father, or both, die from a terrible disease. They can be left, bewildered and alone, often in busy hospitals...
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Millions of institutionalised children live in shadows and darkened rooms, hidden from the outside world, with no power over their lives and little hope of a better existence. 
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It's actually five little words, but I had to draw your attention to a hugely important clause which could - if left unamended - result in EU funds being used to prop up harmful institutions...
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