It has been said that God has given us one hand to help ourselves and a second hand to help others. It’s a wonderful adage that not many people follow and when someone does, we’re happy to pause and applaud their efforts with both hands!
Kudos to our favourite author of children’s books, Harry Potter creator JK Rowling, who recently launched the American extension of her non-profit organisation for institutionalised kids — suitably called ‘Lumos.’ Drawing inspiration for the name from the light-giving spell in her Potter books, the initiative aims to assist countries in reforming their services for disadvantaged children, by moving from systems based on residential institutions and orphanages (that separate children from families), to services which support them to stay together in the community.
“Children need families, and families need their children and I believe it is entirely possible, with concerted effort, to help to transform the way the world cares for disadvantaged children. We owe this to the eight million children living in orphanages around the world, most of whom do have parents and families who, given the right level of support, could care for them at home,” says Rowling. More words of wisdom from a woman of substance.
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