Alexandra's Story

31.10.12

Alexandra is a 10-year-old girl from Central Europe with mild learning disabilities, who has been institutionalised for four years. Her father is a shepherd on a very low income. The family also has a son with severe disabilities who needs a high level of care.

When Lumos and the local social worker began to talk to the family about Alexandra’s needs, it was clear they wanted her home. But they were worried that she wouldn’t be able to attend school and that their home didn’t provide a safe environment for her.  The roof leaked badly and in winter it is damp and extremely cold. With temperatures dropping below –20 C, the parents’ feared for their daughter’s health.

Happily, thanks to Lumos’ intervention, the local authority has now secured Alexandra a place in the local mainstream school and has arranged for additional support in the classroom. Lumos has also helped with the cost of repairs to the house, so that Alexandra can live safely with her family.

"Thanks to Lumos’ intervention, the local authority has now secured Alexandra a place in the local mainstream school."

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