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.
May 14, 2014

Youth Education in country post conflict

Mechanic training Children
Mechanic training Children's Voice Virunga center

-Progress of our project:

Peace is coming back since the end of last year. However, many children out of school are many; some from militias other were victims of armed conflict. Children’s Voice through four centers is contributed to the education of many vulnerable children in schooling program, vocational training, and literacy. Children get a psychosocial assistance, family mediation and economic and social reinsertion. The age of those children and teens are from 14 to 17 years old. They are happy to be skilled enough for a better future. 

- Story of beneficiary:

“My name is Bahati. I was one of street children in Goma town. My two parents died when I was very young. I was happy to be received at Bujovu Children’s Voice center. I was trained in mechanic program. Now I know to drive and to repair car. I live with my 2 sisters and 3 brothers when before they were also living in streets. From my work I can pay food for them.

I learn to save 2$us per week into the cooperative to prepare a better future to me and my brothers and sisters.”

- Accomplishments and impact:

Every year, More than 150 teens are skilled in vocational training in sewing, carpentry, mechanic, and hairstyle. We provide them:

-    Access to a safe environment , family reinsertion and following up

-    Access to read and to write for young from 9 to 14 years old

-    Access to vocational training for those up to 14 to 17 years old

-    Access to health support and potable water

-    Access to some basic toys and educational resources

-    Child rights training for parents, guardians, police, local authorities and children

Budget used:

Up to 11th May 2014, we have raised 4675 $us in 135 donations. We paid training material, equipment and accessories, maintenance and paid trainers.

- Upcoming or past events

In post conflict country as Democratic Republic of Congo, many children are living out of school. Many of them have been used in armed conflict, other work in mineral site. Some are abused and neglected and have little or no literacy skills. Those who are welcomed in the centers training get some education, protection and prepared for a 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.

May 2014, Children's Voice, Goma DRC

Children after playing time at Bujovu center
Children after playing time at Bujovu center
Girls in vocation training at CV Virunga center
Girls in vocation training at CV Virunga center
Feb 10, 2014

Youth Education in post conflict country, DR Congo

GIrls in hairstyle training at Children
GIrls in hairstyle training at Children's Voice

 

-Progress of our project:

In post conflict country, as Democratic Republic of Congo, children and teens are in lack of skills. They have not been at school. Many of them are ex soldiers. In Birambizo city for example, in 100 kilometers from Goma, 80 % of teenagers out of school, selected by Children’s Voice for vocational training, do not know to read or to write. There are many from street and from armed militias.  They are vulnerable, abused and neglected and exposed to delinquency.

 

- Youth education program is a vocational training program to skill youth ages from 14 to 17 years old who are out of school. They do it in eight months of training and internship. 

- Story of beneficiary:

“My life fell over when I got pregnant without to know the father of my baby. To be in children’s Voice center is a new hope to me. I have been trained in fixing hair. I have a new life. I work in hair salon. I am happy to hand my life with my daughter. Last month I got 200 USD from my work. Every month I save 20$ in cooperative for the future. To be raped is not any more a fatal to me. This is the past. What is important to me is the new life I have. I like my life and love my baby so much”.

- Accomplishments and impact:

Every year, More than 150 teens are skilled in vocational training in sewing, carpentry, mechanic, and hairstyle. We provide to all health care and a psychological assistance. .

Budget used:

Up to 31st January 2014, we have raised 4228 usd in 124 donations. We paid training material, accessories and equipments maintenance and paid trainers.

- Upcoming or past events

In post conflict country as Democratic Republic of Congo, many children are living out of school. Many of them have been used in armed conflict, other work in mineral site. Some are abused and neglected and have little or no literacy skills. Those who are welcomed in the centers training get some education, protection and prepared for a 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.

Girls in training room
Girls in training room
Village learning after war
Village learning after war
Nov 4, 2013

Education to youth war affected in DR Congo

Girls in vocational training at Children
Girls in vocational training at Children's Voice

- Progress of our project:

To make sure the best possible chance for success, Children’s Voice continues to supervise and support quick school program and vocational training to children affected by war in eastern of Democratic Republic of Congo. Workshop of hair styling and making clothes are the two programs in which most of girls are interested especially girls-mothers.  They are prepared to start own small business of salon and tailor workshop. They are trained in saving money by joining village saving association.

- Story of beneficiaries:

Salama, 17 years old is one of several girls affected and growing up in war torn villages in eastern Congo. She was pregnant when she arrived at Children’s Voice center. “After training in making clothes. I am now happy to start my own tailor workshop. I have skills enough to struggle and to get a better life for my child and me. I thank all the persons who contribute to make change in my life”. 

- Accomplishments:

A new training program will start in November with 25 other girls sewing and fixing hair. They will get

- Impact:

Every year, this project improves community resilience, wellbeing and dignity of vulnerable war orphaned and former child soldiers.

 - Upcoming or past events

To date, the project is 25% of the way to reaching the funding goal of $16,033, and we are so grateful for the generous contributions that have been made so far. Before we are able to fully implement this program, however, we still have more fundraising to complete! The sooner we raise the total amount, the sooner we can begin helping more youth war affected and to help them to create opportunity, self-sufficiency and freedom for a best future.

- Thanks

On behalf of Salama and her collegues, thank you so much for you generosity. Your donations make it possible for her and a number of children trough Children’s Voice centers. 

- 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.

Be regards,

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