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Of the 8 million children in institutions worldwide, more than 90% are not orphans.

So says Lumos. A UK based charity dedicated to getting children out of institutions.

Further to my earlier blog about Lumos – the charity chaired by J.K. Rowling – I thought I’d share more about what it is trying to do.

‘Across the globe 8 million children are living in institutions that deny them individual love and care. More than 90% are not orphans. They are separated from their families because they are poor, disabled or from an ethnic minority. As a result, many suffer lifelong physical and emotional harm.

Many children are institutionalised because local schools are not adapted to teach children with physical or learning disabilities and local health services cannot provide specialised care. Social services are insufficient to meet the needs of poor families or protect children from abuse.

Decision makers resist closing institutions because they cannot imagine a system of family based care and lack the resources to fund and manage the change. Personnel resist for fear of losing their jobs. Stigma attached to children in care makes communities reluctant to accept them.’

The above quotes are from the Lumos website –  wearelumos.org. The name Lumos comes from the spell in the Harry Potter books that causes light to beam from the spell-caster’s wand.

Lumos exists to shine a light on troubled children, showing the world they exist, and starting a process to free them from the all encompassing darkness.

No child should grow up never knowing what it is to be loved and hugged, nurtured and supported. When a child is born, its mother continues to offer warmth, nutrition and a comforting heartbeat, wrapping her child in love. Or so it should be. Sadly, too many children are rejected and find themselves institutionalised – thus losing the bond they crave.

J.K. Rowling is passionate about supporting such trapped children, wherever they are in the world. She has given the proceeds of her book ‘The Tales Of Beedle The Bard’ to Lumos – so the charity can keep on helping children.

Click here for a video where she talks about her book and the work of Lumos.

I love the fact the people at Lumos care so much for children they have never met. Maybe you can help too?

Lumos urgently needsfunds this Christmas to continue its emergency intervention work with extremely vulnerable children and give them a chance to move out of an institution and into a caring family environment.

Hopefully their Christmas Appeal has been a success and 2014 will be a brighter time for disadvantaged children.

If you wish to make a donation then click here to go to the Lumos website.

Lumos – a charity dedicated to getting children out of institutions :)

 

Lumos is about hope, fairness and giving children a chance in life. Click here to find out more.

What Lumos does.

J.K. Rowling is the founder and chair of Lumos – her Harry Potter stories gave children hope. That lost children can be found again.

I have an admission to make – back in 1997 I stopped reading the first edition of the first Harry Potter book when I got to the casual abuse Harry received from his foster family – the Dursleys. He reminded me of Mr L (name protected – but you know who you are!) a PE teacher I once had who grabbed me by the throat and lifted me off the shower room floor and slammed me against the tiles because I quietly refused to do PE. If Mr L had bothered to ask why he might have learned about the energy sapping name calling, the constant bullying from teenage so-called friends. I have dipped into the books since, and watched all the films. I love a happy ending!

I now live in Scotland, far away from where I grew up. It was not deliberate, and came about through my wife’s change of job. I spend my time writing and painting and being a dad. And I couldn’t be happier. As I say, I love a happy ending.

alan dapre view of arran oil painting

View Of Arran – Alan Dapré

There may be no life in Institutions but there is life after them…

Website of Alan Dapré

Sunset or sunrise? You decide…

 

10 rubbish ways to get yourself a publishing deal.

 

10 – Posting your manuscript through J.K. Rowling’s front door.  She probably has a bin under the letter box flap. Or a paper-loving dog.  Or an island retreat somewhere else less rainy than Scotland.

9 –   Asking your best mate’s friend’s aunt’s mother’s cousin’s sister in law to ask her best mate’s friend’s aunt’s mother’s cousin’s sister in law if she would like to publish your book.  She won’t. You’re virtually related.

8 –  Slipping a copy of your manuscript into Richard And Judy’s shopping trolley. It’ll just get eaten.

7 –  Nominating yourself for a Nobel Prize in Literature in the hope it will get you noticed. According to Wikipedia, ‘Each year the Swedish Academy sends out requests for nominations of candidates for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Members of the Academy, members of literature academies and societies, professors of literature and language, former Nobel literature laureates, and the presidents of writers’ organizations are all allowed to nominate a candidate. However, it is not permitted to nominate oneself.’

6 – Be an ex-Royal and write tales about a helicopter.  Too late. Been done.

5 – Get a good seat at the Olympics and wave your homemade cover at the camera when Usain Bolt goes past. You mean you actually got a good seat at the Olympics… ?

4 – Streak at the World Cup with  your first chapter tattooed on your bottom. Not a bad way to get noticed but it depends on how big your bum is.

3 – Write your book on a pinhead and get it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Already been done.

2 – Invent a really dreadful personal illness/childhood and write some dreadful Misery Lit that will get Grannies crying dreadfully. Actually that’s not a bad idea.

1 – Write an engaging, funny, sunny children’s e-book and put it on Amazon and try to get it noticed by the general public above the heaps of cleverly marketed soulless dross. Not gonna work unless you are J.K. Rowling (see 10)

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If you wish to have a peek at or download Cuddle Muddle, an engaging, funny, sunny children’s e-book, please  click one of the links below
Cuddle Muddle‘ – available on kindle now (UK link)
Cuddle Muddle‘ – interactive iPad version with movies  (UK Link)