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Children's Voice

Children's Voice works with the community to provide education, income generation and counseling support for vulnerable children and works with families and foster families to create a healthy environment for the child. It is engaged in community healing and rebuilding.
Jun 29, 2015

Your support is a RED CARD to child mariage and a promotion for education to young girls

Women in focus group discussion by CV in Masisi
Women in focus group discussion by CV in Masisi

Context of the project:

Girl child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls out of education, mired in health risks and keeps them in poverty. In Democratic Republic of Congo, generally, 43% of women between 25 and 49 years old have been married before 18 years, said Mrs. Kati Bijou; Ministry of Gender and family on15 may 2015. She had called children to denounce any attempt to marry them before the mature age. In Kamango, Beni territory, 50% of married women got first baby before 18 years old (ECI research, 2013).

Summary of our activities

Since 2010, Children’s Voice is working hard to aware communities to end child marriage and to promote education for girls as well. Workshops, conferences, meetings are organized to conscious people such as families, community leaders, etc. From January to May 2015, more than 873 men, women and girls have been trained to end child marriage in Nord Kivu.

 Story about two beneficiaries: a mother and her daughter:

“I am Nyirasafari. I have 5 daughters. Four of them have been married when they had 14 and 15 years. I thought I did well to protect them from early pregnancy and to save my family dignity. Myself I have been married when I had 12 years. It was the tradition practices. The diploma of a girl was to get a husband. After this workshop organized by Children’s Voice, I really regret for that and take decision to work hard to support education for Ester my youngest daughter.

Ester story: “I am 14 years old. I am happy to be at school than to be married. My dream is to be a lawyer and to become the defender of young girls”.

 Thanks

For this project, we got us$6,401 from 165 donations.

We thank our donors via GlobalGiving for generous donation to this project for girls’ education and protection against violence. Every donation helps ensure that we can continue protecting girls and end child marriage. Thank you again for all you have done to help.

 - Conclusion

Girls and women have many challenges in DRC. Your ideas and suggestions could advise in this program. Please give us you proposal. We are running this project together. Please, if you are around, visit this project in the eastern of DRC. Sure it is possible. Please tell me how you think we can work together to attract wider support for this project.

Workshop to young people on ending child marriage
Workshop to young people on ending child marriage
Jan 15, 2015

How you generosity gives new hope to teenagers

Girls training center at CHildren
Girls training center at CHildren's Voice

Story about a beneficiary:

Feza, 16 years old: I was taken and abused by militia soldiers in Walikale bush when I was 13. Tree years later, I came back to village. Everybody was despised. It was a shame. I decided to leave and go to Goma town. I start new life with prostitute girls. I was the youngest of the team. There life was had. I was bitten many times by my teammates even by men and abused. My face was full of scars. I had passed nights in the gutter using sex to keep my life safe from gangsters. One day I was sick. They dropped me on the road because they said if I die, no one would bury me if I die.

From there someone took me to Children’s Voice dispensary, later to CBK hospital. When I was healed, I got psychosocial assistance and start a vocational training in the training center. I learned to make clothes. Now I have a workshop of tailors and I am helping new girls (ex prostitutes) beginners to perform after training in Children’s Voice centers. I enjoy my new life.

I have a dream, to become a big designer!

Summary of our activities

The vocational training program is giving more hope to vulnerable girls. In these three months, 35 girls got professional skill and get job in different workshops in North Kivu province. The training is coupled to psychosocial assistance, management and marketing skill.

Thanks

We thanks our donors via GlobalGiving for generous donation to the School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth. Every donation helps ensure that we can continue helping youth and community. Thank you again for all you have done to help children and youth.

Conclusion

Youth have many challenges in DRC. Your ideas and suggestions could advise in this program. Please give us you proposal. We are running this project together. Please, if you are around, visit this project at Goma in DRC. Sure it is possible. Please tell me how you think we can work together to attract wider support for this project.

Pregnant girl trying her machine
Pregnant girl trying her machine
Sep 15, 2014

How your generosity builds a new life to girls, survivors of sexual violence in DR Congo!

Girls vocational training center-Children
Girls vocational training center-Children's Voice

Have a look at the precious pictures of the work you are doing for orphans and vulnerable girls in DR Congo!

The progress is coming beside because of your help. On October 29th, 2014, Forty-five young girls and boys will get certificate after vocational training. Forty-five jobs will be created. That was facilitated by your generosity.

The community people and leaders said this education program is a hope that children and youth in their community will be able to work and succeed in the life, their dream are realized and youth lead their community out of poverty. You are contributing to build a good future life to the young people and to the community.

Amina is one of the girls, survivors of sexual violence. “When I was going back from the market in Tongo, We were taken with violence to the bush by five Maimai Shetani rebels. I was with three of my friends. It was after Monusco (UN Peace Keeping Mission in DRC) patrol. I was raped, bitten. I got pregnant and lost my bay because of violence I got. I accepted to cook for them and to be wife of the commandant so I could to survive.

From your HELP I know to make clothes, I have a job “I am born again”. I have a new life.”

Where are many girls who reached their dream of changing life, getting job and fighting against poverty!

We still have a lot to do in eastern of DR Congo to empower girls. But we have faith that your generosity and love will open more doors!

Imagine a country without many women and girls victims of sexual violence and vulnerable without any education when they have to struggle with life, most of them with babies!

With your help, we would like to train 50 girls more in mechanic and sawing. In 8 months, more jobs will be created to children affected by the war.

Children’s Voice provides education to children and gils affected by war and armed conflict.

We thank you for your support via GlobalGiving.

YOU raised $4 838. With this, we have trained and empowered more than 120 girls. Thank you so much!

How wonderful is to see a desperate girl getting a new life full of hope! YOU are parent for those who are girls.

Girls vocational training center-Children
Girls vocational training center-Children's Voice2

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