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Are orphanages a necessary evil, or is there a better way?Are orphanages a necessary evil, or is there a better way?

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

More than 8 million children live in orphanages worldwide. But as Georgette Mulheir shares in today’s brave talk, given at TEDSalon London Spring 2012, an estimated 90% of them are not true orphans. These children are sent to orphanages because a single parent is not adequately able to care for them, because of rampant poverty […]

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Growing up a child of the state: Lemn Sissay tells much more of his storyGrowing up a child of the state: Lemn Sissay tells much more of his story

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Harry Potter, Pip of Great Expectations, Superman, Cinderella, Lisbeth Salander, Batman, Jane Eyre, Matilda, Moses, Luke Skywalker, Oliver Twist, Celie of The Color Purple. As Lemn Sissay points out in this powerful talk from TEDxHousesofParliament, literature and popular culture is rife with characters who grew up without their biological parents. “Writers seem to know that […]