The founder of Lumos, J.K. Rowling, has given an interview explaining the motivations behind setting up the charity. The aim is to end child institutionalisation by 2050 and prevent the damage that well meaning donors and volunteers can do when working with orphanages across the world.

She says: ‘Be careful how you give. Even if you are giving with the best of intentions you may inadvertently be doing harm. […] We have almost 100 years of hard research that shows even a well run institution will irrecoverably harm the child.’

The LSE Volunteer Centre is a supporting member of the Better Volunteering, Better Care Network; a global working group looking to end orphanage volunteering. In 2016 we started a campaign to end the promotion on orphanage volunteering at universities across the UK and we have had representatives from 16 institutions sign up. If you would like your university to sign our pledge please contact us.

As J.K. Rowling states: ‘Volunteering is amazing thing, but volunteer in the right way.’ If you’re looking to volunteer overseas read our guidance on how to find an ethical opportunity.

Watch the full interview below: