The Distressing truth about volunteering at an orphanage 



In 2004, JK Rowling picked up The Sunday Times. On the front cover, a photograph looked back at her: a young boy chained to a bed in an orphanage in the Czech Republic. The accompanying story was about the irrevocable harm orphanages can do to children around the world. It was so harrowing, Rowling set up a non-government organisation; she named it Lumos, after the Harry Potter spell for casting light into darkness.  

By that time, the influential social worker activist Georgette Mulheir had already been working on this cause for more than a decade. She had started her work in Romania, where kids were in particularly horrific conditions, working with the government there to replace these institutions with community-based care, accessible healthcare and viable education. 

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