A Letter from Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne MEP Co-Chair of CHLG
Thank you very much for buying this unique andspecial book.
I wanted to take this opportunity to explain justhow your support will help us to make a real difference to the lives of so many vulnerablechildren.
More than 1 million children live in large residential institutions across Europe.
Contrary to popular belief, most of them are not orphans, but are in care because their familiesare poor, disabled or from ethnic minorities.
Many of these children have disabilities and handicaps, but often remain without any health oreducational interventions.
In some cases they do not receive life's basics, such as adequate food.
Almost always they are without human or emotional contact and stimulation.
To change the lives of institutionalized and marginalised children, and try to make sure that nofuture generation suffers in this way, J K Rowling and I set up the Children's High Level Group(CHLG) charity in 2005.
We wanted to give these abandoned children a voice: to allow their stories to be heard.
CHLG aims to bring an end to the use of large institutions and promote ways that allowchildren to live with families – their own, foster or national adoptive parents – or in small grouphomes.
The campaign helps around a quarter of a million children each year.
We fund a dedicated, independent child helpline that provides support and information tohundreds of thousands of children annually.
We also run education activities, including the “Community Action” project, in which youngpeople from mainstream education work with special needs children in institutions; and“Edelweiss”, which allows young people who are marginalised and institutionalised to expressthemselves through their creativity and talents.
And in Romania, CHLG has created a national children's council to represent the rights ofchildren, and which allows them to speak out about their own experiences.
But our reach goes only so far.
We need funds to scale up and replicate our work, to reach out into more countries and helpeven more children who are in such desperate need.
CHLG has a unique character amongst nongovernmental organisations in this field, namelyworking with governments and state institutions, civil society, professionals and voluntaryorganisations, as well as practical providers of services on the ground.
CHLG aims to achieve full implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child across Europe and, ultimately, around the world.
In only two years, we have already assisted governments to develop strategies to prevent the abandonment of babies in hospitals and to improve the care of children with disabilities and handicaps, and have developed a manual of best practice in deinstitutionalisation.
We are truly grateful for your support in buying this book.
These vital funds will allow CHLG to continue our activities, giving hundreds of thousands morechildren the chance of a decent and healthy life.
To find out more about us, and how you can get further involved, please visit: www.chlg.org.
Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne MEP Co-Chair of CHLG
That is the end of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, by J.K. Rowling.