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Lumos are working to dispel the myth that orphanages are full of orphans: Of the estimated 8 million children in orphanages around the world, 80% are not orphans...
Being placed in an orphanage has been shown to be harmful to every aspect of child development and seriously impacts upon their later chances in life.
At Lumos we know that children do best when they grow up in families and we are committed to ensuring that by 2050 all children will get to do just that.
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When Sonya’s baby was born in 2015, she was told by doctors that he would not be able to walk and that he should be placed in an institution 100miles away from her home in order to get medical treatment. Lumos worked with social workers and the authorities for three months, to successfully get her baby out of the institution and back home with Sonya, where they are now getting support they needed, as a family, within their community. She said “So far, his development is as it should be... and my dream is that he will walk. And I will do my best to help this happen". Watch Sonya's story here.
When the earthquake in Haiti struck in 2010, brother and sister, Willy and Lolo got separated from their family. Thinking their parents dead, they were referred to an orphanage where they spent six years living in squalid conditions with little food, care or attention. In 2015, Lumos staff traced their parents, who similarly had thought their children were dead. After careful preparation and support, the Lumos team was able to reunite Willy and Lolo with their family.
Ivan (17) spent his whole life in a state run institution for children with disabilities in Bulgaria. Lumos worked for five years with the authorities to close the institution and helped prepare all the children to move to families or small group homes. With Lumos’ support, Ivan left this institution, which he described as “an awful place to live”. He is working towards graduating from school and now advocates for the rights of all children to grow up in a family “I am so grateful to Lumos to getting me out of that place...they have been my lifeline”.