Catherine T. MacArthur

An end to orphanages

An end to orphanages

There has been horrendous news coverage of orphanages recently: children starving in an orphanage in Belarus, a fire killing 40 girls in an orphanage in Guatemala, children being made to clean septic tanks and scavenge for food at an orphanage in India. This all gives rise to a hugely important question: Why are millions of children around the world living in orphanages when they could — and should — be growing up in families?

It was when J.K Rowling heard similar stories of children kept in cages over a decade ago that she started Lumos Foundation, named after a spell in her Harry Potter books that brings light to darkness. Since then, Lumos has successfully worked with governments...