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.
May 4, 2012

School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth (# 5947)

Children in Bujovu center at Goma, DRC
Children in Bujovu center at Goma, DRC

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Location: Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC

 

-Progress of our project:

Vocational training is one for Children’s Voice education programs to youth. Especially to vulnerable, abused and neglected children who have little or no literacy skills. There are many from street and from armed militias.  The children from 9 to 14 years old are accepted into an accelerated primary school where they complete two years of curriculum within one year. The whole primary cycle is done in 3 years instead of 6.

Youth ages 14-17 years old who have not gone to primary school are accepted into a vocational training program accompanied with literacy courses. 

 

- Story of beneficiary:

Zawadi said: “I was taken to the bush by the militia Mai Mai, after to being raped. In the bush, it was too hard. During two years, I was abused by the commander. One day punished me because I had refused him, I was sick. He delivered me to his 5 bodyguards for 7 days as a punishment.  Three days later, one of them, helped me to run away.  The chief of my avenue sent me to Children’s Voice center at Virunga. It was not easy to be integrated, thinking about what happened to me in the bush. Now I am happy. I am learning to sew. What is important is a better future for me and not to think about the past. I will work hard to get money and to buy a sewing machine for myself.”

 

- Accomplishments and impact:

On 25th March 2012, Children’s Voice celebrated at its General Assembly, 8 years on community service, helping many children and women. In 6 years of the 2children centers, 3397 children acceded to school in quick program: 1616 girls and 1781 boys and 1089 young in different programs of vocational training: 488 girls and 701 boys, in mechanic, carpentry and sewing. We provide to all of them health care by our dispensary and a psychological assistance. The annual report for 2011 was presented to partners, authorities and community and beneficiaries.

 

Budget used:

For year 2011, usd 1,107,347.00 were used to attend the results presented.

From GlobalGiving, 2,315.54$ were received and 2,120 were used for tailor training.

- Upcoming or past events

Many children are living on the street because of the political, economic and social problems. They are abused and neglected and have little or no literacy skills, now they will have education and protection from street violence.  Specially, they are prepared for the best future in the community.

- Thanks

We would like to sincerely thank our donors for this generous donation through GlobalGiving to the School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth. Every donation helps ensure that we can continue helping our community.

Vocational training at Virunga Center, Goma
Vocational training at Virunga Center, Goma
General Assembly on 25 march 2012, 8 years
General Assembly on 25 march 2012, 8 years
Stands vistit on General Assembly 25 march 2012
Stands vistit on General Assembly 25 march 2012
Jan 2, 2012

School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth (# 5947) December 2011

With collegues, Kakule learns mechanic
With collegues, Kakule learns mechanic

Location: Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC

Progress of our project:

In the concern of providing education to abused and neglected and unaccompanied children living in the streets who have little or no literacy skills, we offer now formal schooling and vocational training. The children from 9 to 14 years old are accepted into an accelerated primary school where they complete two years of curriculum within one year. The whole primary cycle is done in 3 years instead of 6.

Youth ages 14-17 years old who have not gone to primary school are accepted into a vocational training program accompanied with literacy courses. 

- Story of beneficiaries:

Kakule, ex child soldier, is 17 years old. He is learning mechanic as vocational training at Virunga center, one of Children’s Voice centers in Goma town.

 “ I was taken by militia from Vitchumbi, my village, in 2007 when I was 13 years old. In the bush, the Mai-Mai commandant had asked his witchcraft man to “initiate” my friends and I. He introduced strange products in us, to make us out of fear of our “enemies”. We learn to take drugs, to kill to rape women, he told us that we are protected and cannot die. In December 2010, when Kasse, my best friend, was killed in front of me, I decided to go away. I went to Monusco base and reached Goma. One day, the chief of Majengo quarter referred me to Children’s Voice center where I learn now mechanic. Now I am happy to be far from the bush. It was difficult to sleep well at night because of what I saw in the bush. I am getting assistance from the counselor in the center while I am learning mechanic.

- Accomplishments:

A new school program started in September with 907 children: 409 girls and 498 boys; 35 workshops training: in mechanic, carpentry and sewing. We provide to all of them health care by our dispensary and a psychological assistance.

- Impact:

The project helps 907 children when we planned to help 384. It is a 236% outcome. The reason is the increase of children in the streets and youth coming out of militias in the bush.

A secondary school program started in September with 57 girls and 54 boys. It is a quick program for those who have anybody to pay school fees.

Totally, we got 2219 USD from 53 donations, provided of 20000 USD requested for youth education, safe and healthy environment for vulnerable streets children living in the township of Goma. It is the benefit of the community of Goma and around. It is wonderful.

- Upcoming or past events

Many children are living on the street because of the political, economic and social problems. They are abused and neglected and have little or no literacy skills, now they will have education and protection from street violence.  Specially, they are prepared for the best future in the community.

- Thanks

We would like to sincerely thank our donors for this generous donation through GlobalGiving to the School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth. Every donation helps ensure that we can continue helping our community.

Kakule repairs a car at Virunga center
Kakule repairs a car at Virunga center

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Sep 1, 2011

School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth ( # 5947)

Location: Goma, North Kivu Province , Eastern DRC

Progress of our project :

In the concern of providing education to abused and neglected and unaccompanied children living in the streets who have little or no literacy skills, we offer now formal schooling and vocational training. The children from 9 to 14 years old are accepted into an accelerated primary school where they complete two years of curriculum within one year. The whole primary cycle is done in 3 years instead of 6.

Youth ages 14-17 years old who have not gone to primary school are accepted into a vocational training program accompanied with literacy courses. 

- Story of beneficiaries:

Henriette is 17 years old. She is in sewing workshop training.

 “Now I am a tailor. I know to make clothes. I start a new life. I will forget what happened to me”. In july 2010, I was in Lubero territory. My mother and I, we went to the land. We were taken by May May militias to the bush during 2 weeks. They raped me and my mother too. It was terrible. When we were free, my mother was chased by my father. I went with here to Rushuru hospital. After 2 months we went to Goma town to my grandmother. There, my mother died. My life had no sense. One day a chief of quarter sent me to children’s Voice. And I started this training. I am proud and happy. I will create a workshop for myself as a tailor”.

- Accomplishments:

Actually, 10 classes with 566 children: 296 girls and 270 boys; 3 workshops training: in mechanic, sewing and cooking with 124 teenagers: 86 girls and 38 boys. We provide to all of them health care by our dispensary and a psychological assistance.

- Impact:

The project helps 609 children when we planned to help 384. It is a 180% outcome. The project helps 382 girls, when girls have not the chance to go to school because customs are like this.Very soon most of them will go to secondary school and others in workshops.

15 donors provided 3271.63 USD of 20000 USD requested for education, safe and healthy environment for 384 vulnerable streets children living in the township of Goma. It is the benefit of the community of Goma and around. It is wonderful.

- Upcoming or past events

Many children are living on the street because of the political, economic and social problems. They are abused and neglected and have little or no literacy skills, now they will have education and protected from street violence.  They are lucky.

- Thanks

We would like to sincerely thank our donors for this generous donation through GlobalGiving to the School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth. Every donation helps ensure that we can continue helping our community.

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