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Do not donate to orphanages, JK Rowling tells fans

By Katie Archer

Published 19/09/2016

Author: JK Rowling
Author: JK Rowling

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has urged her fans not to give money to orphanages.

The writer of the hit children's series took part in a Facebook Live chat for her charity Lumos to publicise the plight of the eight million children around the world who are living in orphanages.

Rowling, who founded the non-profit organisation 10 years ago, said: "All of the research agrees that there's little you can do worse for a child than put it in an institution."

She said of people donating money to overseas orphanages: "We want to help children and that's an honourable and admirable thing. However, you may be contributing towards real harm."

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