The commitment of JK Rowling for false orphans, Abandonnesla majority of children in orphanage have… too poor parents

Don’t normally do this but just thought that this article was very interesting and given that it is #NAAM and also we’re #flipingthescript thought that I’d repost this article in English. The original article from can be read here  (apologies if the translation is a tad ropey).

The commitment of JK Rowling for false orphans, Abandonnesla majority of children in orphanage have… too poor parents
They would today be eight million children around the world placed in orphanages. JK Rowling asks that we take measures to resolve this situation. In question, the routine childhood institutionalization, while the problem is often that parents exist, but lack the resources needed to make them live.

James Souhtorn, CC BY 2.0
James Souhtorn, CC BY 2.0

According to the Lumos, charitable society founded JK Rowling, there is thus close to eight million children in orphanages, everywhere in the world. “But it is a problem we can solve. I think each of us wishes to contribute to give the next generation the best possible start in life,”says the novelist.

Meanwhile, these millions of children are caught in the trap of orphanages – 80% of children placed in institutions, according to figures put forward by the report of Lumos. With appropriate support, these children may find their families, provides Georgette Mulheir, Director of Lumos, considering that these institutions operate on a routine where they do more pay attention to the case of each.

In traditional poor institutions, children may not find what sit or stand, or speak and walk, at the age of four. The absence of physical or emotional contact that results, stimulation and interaction that are missing, lead to a significant deterioration of the brain development in children placed in these institutions’, continues the body.

At the end of these bodies, the children would be 10 times more likely to be engaged in prostitution, 40 times more capable of having a criminal record and 500 times more at risk for suicide. The Global Picture of Children in Institutions for its part showed that on the 800,000 children in an orphanage in Russia, 95% of them had parents alive. And these statistics are found in many other countries.

If the poverty of families is a major factor, children with disabilities are also more prone to be abandoned at these institutions. Mulheir is also aware that the message can be difficult to cash out for the people who work there, often with a large dose of volunteering. “However, in our idea, quite simply, there is a better idea.”

Cécile Mazin @CcileMazin
ActuaLitté journalist. Pioneer of women’s rights in writing.