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Children's High Level Group Changes Name to "Lumos" and Shifts Focus

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Rosi
February 25, 2010, 04:08 PM

The charity co-founded by J.K. Rowling has today revealed a new name and a new focus. Lumos, chaired by J.K. Rowling and previously known as The Children's High Level Group, will continue to work to help institutionalised children across Central and Eastern Europe but will move its focus from Romania to the Czech Republic and the Republic of Moldova. The relaunched website additionally mentions a planned expansion into other countries. The charity's work in Romania will be continued by the Asociatia Children's High Level Group, chaired by Baroness Emma Nicholson.

The Chief Executive of Lumos, Dr. Richard Alderslade, stresses the need to be realistic in the charity's approach to the challenge of the over 1 million disadvantaged children and young people still living in institutions:

Working with governments at a strategic level - to create country-wide reforms, not just one-off closures of particular institutions - takes time. It is not only a question of closing down the institutions, but also implementing new systems and creating alternative care settings as well as the not so insignificant task of changing mindsets.
Furthermore, Lumos have been working with the European Commission in Brussels to reform the Bulgarian child protection system. The article on the relaunched Lumos website quotes J.K. Rowling:
Twenty years ago, as Communist regimes across Europe toppled, harrowing images of Europe's hidden children began to emerge. Thousands upon thousands of children were living in vast, depressing institutions – malnourished and often maltreated, with little access to the outside world. Slowly governments have begun to transform care systems. Real and lasting change takes time, but today we are putting down a marker and calling for significantly more progress in the next twenty years to ensure that eventually no children are living in, or at risk of entering, such institutions.
You can find the full article about the charity's relaunch by following this link.

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730 Points

I’m so glad that Jo uses her fame and fortune to support such wonderful causes and to further the ideals she championed in the Harry Potter books! I also love that the charity’s new name is Lumos! :)

Posted by RavenclawDancer on February 25, 2010, 04:33 PM report to moderator
420 Points

WHOA! way to go Jo! (it rhymed!)

Posted by /Sav-vySlasher/ on February 25, 2010, 04:34 PM report to moderator
221 Points

Lumos is a much better name than the previous one!

Posted by rosepug on February 25, 2010, 04:52 PM report to moderator
1740 Points

In my opinion Lumos is a better name than the one before. It’s more catchy and actually sounds like a proper organization…………..

4852 Points

Lumos is a great name for such a great organization!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on February 25, 2010, 05:13 PM report to moderator
37354 Points

Lumos is a great name, and it’s great the Jo using her influence to make a positive impact in people’s lives (not like she didn’t make an impact before. Every single person who has read HP has had their lives changed by her and her writing!)

Posted by CarinaPotter (ROAR!) on February 25, 2010, 05:29 PM report to moderator
241 Points

Awesome! I’m going to Moldova soon for 11 weeks, hopefully I’ll get a chance contribute something or other to the charity while I’m there! :)

Posted by Linnyish on February 25, 2010, 05:57 PM report to moderator
160 Points

I love that it’s name comes from the Potterverse. You go cast “Lumos” on this issue, Jo!

Posted by Caracticus on February 25, 2010, 06:24 PM report to moderator
160 Points

I love that it’s name comes from the Potterverse. You go cast “Lumos” on this issue, Jo!

Posted by Caracticus on February 25, 2010, 06:24 PM report to moderator
3777 Points

one of the most useful spells ever

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on February 25, 2010, 06:36 PM report to moderator
3455 Points

That is so awesome! Especially the name, its cute. but i expected nothing less from our wonderful Jo!!!!! I wish her luck and wish i could do more to help!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on February 25, 2010, 07:34 PM report to moderator
465 Points

Jo is so amazing, and I love the new name :)

Posted by The Half-Blood Lauma' on February 25, 2010, 09:02 PM report to moderator
2759 Points

WOW, that is so cool. Jo is so amazing, and I do agree Lumos really fits and of course is easier to say!!

Posted by egdillonROAR!!! on February 25, 2010, 09:56 PM report to moderator
3048 Points

What a wonderful new name to use to represent a fantastic organization seeking to bring light into the life of countless suffering children.

Posted by Kirk on February 25, 2010, 09:56 PM report to moderator
1599 Points

this sounds so cool! i love the name change too :) so perfect

Posted by Nealie Zealbie on February 25, 2010, 10:55 PM report to moderator
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