The world watched as Liberian kids as young as 10 years old were exploited as armed combatants. Under threat of death, they committed terrible acts of violence against the Liberian society. Many turned to substance abuse to cope with their experiences. In partnership with IDEFOCS, our program named Botanical Reintegration Village aims to provide groups of former child soldiers a three-month program to help them recover from their trauma and obtain the skills necessary for social reintegration.
We are currently assessing opportunities to increase the impact and contribution in the village we operate in. One way of doing this is to expand our partnerships with different types of companies in the area. More simple projects, in partnership with employers, which aim to help employees have been tested and the outcome has been successful. We aim to provide more information on these projects in the future.
Moreover, IDEFOCS is currently working to break the stigma around zogos in the Liberia. Zogos refers to the marginalised youth in Liberia where many of them are child-soldier and ex-combatants. The situation and stigma surrounding this remains a challenge. However, our partners are continously working to overcome this.
We are working to support our local partners and the villagers in Liberia to be able to reintegrate former child soldiers. Your contributions have been and are crucial for the project and we are very thankful for this. Thank you!
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