PROTECT CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY

No child should be denied a family life because they are poor, disabled, or from an ethnic minority. Across the globe 8 million children are living in institutions that deny them individual love and care. More than 80% 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.

Working to support the 8 million children in institutions worldwide to regain their right to a family life and to end the institutionalization of children.

PLEASE HELP, EVERY AMOUNT HELPS AND MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE!

Your donations will work in partnership with Lumos, governments, professionals and carers, communities, families and children to transform outdated systems that drive families apart. Together we aim to replace institutions with community based services that provide children with access to health, education and social care tailored to their individual needs. This supports families to provide the loving care their children need to develop to their full potential and build a positive future for themselves.

Institutionalization denies children individual love and care, can damage their brain damage their brain development and destroy their understand of right and wrong. Of the 8 million children in institutions worldwide, more than 80% are not orphans.

Most have families who love them and want them but they are driven into institutions because of poverty and discrimination on the grounds of disability or ethnicity. This is a violation of their human rights and the effects last a lifetime. One study found that young adults raised in institutions are 10 times more likely to be involved in prostitution than their peers, 40 times more likely to have a criminal record and 500 times more likely to take their own lives.

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