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”.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 $4 838. With this, we have trained and empowered more than 120 girls. Thank you so much!
How wonderful is to see a desperate girl getting a new life full of hope! YOU are parent for those who are girls.
-Progress of our project:
Peace is coming back since the end of last year. However, many children out of school are many; some from militias other were victims of armed conflict. Children’s Voice through four centers is contributed to the education of many vulnerable children in schooling program, vocational training, and literacy. Children get a psychosocial assistance, family mediation and economic and social reinsertion. The age of those children and teens are from 14 to 17 years old. They are happy to be skilled enough for a better future.
- Story of beneficiary:
“My name is Bahati. I was one of street children in Goma town. My two parents died when I was very young. I was happy to be received at Bujovu Children’s Voice center. I was trained in mechanic program. Now I know to drive and to repair car. I live with my 2 sisters and 3 brothers when before they were also living in streets. From my work I can pay food for them.
I learn to save 2$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
Up to 11th May 2014, we have raised 4675 $us in 135 donations. We paid training material, equipment and accessories, maintenance and paid trainers.
- Upcoming or past events
In post conflict country as Democratic Republic of Congo, many children are living out of school. Many of them have been used in armed conflict, other work in mineral site. Some are abused and neglected and have little or no literacy skills. Those who are welcomed in the centers training get some education, protection and prepared for a best future in the community.
We would like to sincerely thank our donors for this generous donation through GlobalGiving to the School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth. Every donation helps ensure that we can continue helping our community.
May 2014, Children's Voice, Goma DRC
In post conflict country, as Democratic Republic of Congo, children and teens are in lack of skills. They have not been at school. Many of them are ex soldiers. In Birambizo city for example, in 100 kilometers from Goma, 80 % of teenagers out of school, selected by Children’s Voice for vocational training, do not know to read or to write. There are many from street and from armed militias. They are vulnerable, abused and neglected and exposed to delinquency.
- Youth education program is a vocational training program to skill youth ages from 14 to 17 years old who are out of school. They do it in eight months of training and internship.
“My life fell over when I got pregnant without to know the father of my baby. To be in children’s Voice center is a new hope to me. I have been trained in fixing hair. I have a new life. I work in hair salon. I am happy to hand my life with my daughter. Last month I got 200 USD from my work. Every month I save 20$ 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”.
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. .
Up to 31st January 2014, we have raised 4228 usd in 124 donations. We paid training material, accessories and equipments maintenance and paid trainers.
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