UPDATED: Lumos launches Indiegogo campaign, includes “Potter”-related perks
Lumos, the charity founded by J.K. Rowling, recently released a video highlighting the life of many European children in orphanages and institutions. The feature, called “Behind the Walls,” was a chilling reminder of the way that thousands of children are forced to live. Now, Lumos has launched an Indiegogo campaign in order to raise money to help these children.
This specific campaign is looking to help send children in Moldova to school. Lumos explains,
Since 2006, we have been working in Moldova, the poorest country in Europe. We have been part of establishing an inclusive education system; this has meant that hundreds of children have been able to return home from institutions. But special care and attention is needed for the children with the most severe disabilities, to ensure that they receive an education – a good education!
The money raised by the Indiegogo campaign will help Lumos to build
a Special Education Unit in Ialoveni, a small district just south of Moldova’s capital city, Chisinau. The Unit will be attached to the local mainstream school and will enable children with severe and complex physical and learning disabilities to attend the school for the first time in their lives. They will be educated alongside all the other children and will have the opportunity to get to know them and play with them.
not only help generations of disabled children access education in the environment of a mainstream school but will also help change attitudes towards children with disabilities.
The Special Education Unit is important because it
will be adapted for the special needs of the children to ensure that they receive a good quality education, supporting them to reach their full potential. It will […] have a huge impact [not only] on the children but also on their families and communities as children will be able to receive an education whilst living at home with their families and being part of their local communities. Parents will receive support to send their child to school and will no longer have to feel that sending their child to an institution is the only way.
More information about the Special Education Unit can be found here. Since the campaign was launched, Lumos has already raised 14% of its goal but needs your help to raise the full amount and fund this project.
As one of the perks for those donating to the cause, Lumos is offering two passes to MuggleNet Live! 2015: Expo Patronum. Also available are three signed copies of Warwick Davis‘s autobiography, although these have since sold out. Davis played Professor Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter films and will be attending MuggleNet Live! next year.
You can find out more information about the campaign, how to donate, and what difference your donation will make on the Indiegogo page.
Visit the charity’s official site here. The campaign will run until December 20.
A HUGE congratulations to the team at Lumos who have reached their fundraising goal with 19 hours to go!
We've done it! Target hit with 19 hours to spare! Thank you all so much for the support! ? pic.twitter.com/wOuqFKhgWg
— Lumos (@lumos) December 20, 2014
Over the moon & overwhelmed by the support we have had from supporters & friends. Thank you so much – a lovely present in time for xmas 🙂
— Lumos (@lumos) December 20, 2014
The campaign closes at 11.59 GMT today (December 20), so there’s still time to donate if you haven’t already. A really wonderful achievement to all involved!