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.
Dec 11, 2012

School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth (# 5947) Novermber 2012

Vocational training at Virunga center 1
Vocational training at Virunga center 1

-Progress of our project:

 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a country of severe conflict in Africa. Especially Goma in the eastern when rebels groups are fighting. M23 is one of those groups. Population are displaced from villages to villages. Many children are out of education and lived in streets. The orphaned and vulnerable children have no system of social support apart from families and communities. Basic Government social services are almost non-existent. Many orphans are stigmatized due to the possibility that they have been soldiers, raped or accused of witchcraft. Most are unable to continue school and many have never been able to afford to go at all.

Since 10 years ago, Children’s Voice gives to young a quick education program to those who are young and vocational training to the adolescents. Especially to vulnerable, abused and neglected children who have little or no literacy skills. Each year, more than 850 children get certificates and skills for a better future. They continue secondary school or workshops of small business.

- Story of beneficiary:

Aziza is one of young girls who are learning to make clothes at Children’s Voice center in Virunga.  “I was forced and been married t an old man when I had 14 year old. It was a hard life. I decided to run away and go to militia in the bush. There the commandant abused me for one year. One day I went away and reached Monusco base at Lubero and came to Goma to live with my grandmother Salome.”

I am happy with my vocational training to make clothes at Children’s Voice. I will start a workshop with 2 of my colleagues. It is a good business for me.

- Accomplishments and impact:

There are 86 girls who are in vocational training learning to make clothes, mechanic, fixing hair, carpentry and cooking. We provide to all a psychological assistance and counseling.

- Budget used:

Up to 30th November 2012, we have raised 3504 used in 90 donations. We bought materials and paid trainers.

- 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.

Thank you again for all you have done to help this cause.

- Conclusion

I know you have many ideas and suggestions how to do much better to help these children. Do not hesitate to give us you proposal. We are running this project together. I would like to invite you in DRC, at Goma. Sure it is possible. Please tell me how you think we can work together to attract wider support for this project.

Be blessed,

Displaced children class in Children
Displaced children class in Children's Voice cente
Sep 5, 2012

Project report # 5947 for August 2012

Sewing class for girls at Virunga center Goma
Sewing class for girls at Virunga center Goma

Location: Goma, North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC

-Progress of our project:

There are many young people especially girls and young women who have not been at school. Alphabetization class helps them to learn how to read and to write. Children’s Voice associates it to vocational training education youth programs. Especially to vulnerable, abused and neglected children who have little or no literacy skills. There are many from street and from armed militias.  

- Vocational program is done by youth ages from 14 to 17 years old who have not gone to primary school are accepted into a vocational training program accompanied with literacy courses. 

- Story of beneficiary:

Zabibu is one of young girls who are learning to make clothes at Bujovu center. She said how she is happy to learn: “I lost my parents when we were running from Ufamandu (Masisi) after our village burned by militia May May in community conflict. My 2 young sisters and 3 brothers have reached Goma and live together. I am the eldest.

It is very difficult to help my family. I am happy that I know now how to make clothes at Children’s Voice center. I learned to write and read. I practiced and make some to my sisters and brothers. I am a much better tailor and I got a sewing machine. I have a small business and a small shop of clothes made by myself. Life is not easy but I have to fight and to survive.

- Accomplishments and impact:

At the end of August, 105 more girls have finished vocational training in sewing. We provide to all health care by our dispensary and a psychological assistance. .

Budget used:

Up to 31st august 2012, we have raised 3260 usd in 82 donations. We bought sewing materials and paid trainers.

- 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.

Children’s Voice

31st August 2012

Young women and girls in alphabetizationclass Goma
Young women and girls in alphabetizationclass Goma
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
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