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School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth

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School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth
School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth
School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth
School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth
School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth
School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth
School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth
School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth
School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth
School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth
School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth
School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth
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
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
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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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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Quarterly Project Management Report

School scholarships for vulnerable youth project

(1st November – 31st may 2011)

Children’s Voice Project

A1. Project profile

 Project Name:

 School Scholarships for Vulnerable Youth   

Project program goal and outcomes:

Contributing to the provision of a education, safe , healthy environment for vulnerable streets children living in the township of Goma

Project Number

   # 5947

Project Location

Goma, North Kivu Province , Eastern DRC

Target Population

Direct beneficiaries: 384 orphans, unaccompanied children and other vulnerable children living in the streets of Goma town and in its surrounding communities, families, authorities, young and children.

Focal problems identified

Vulnerable children on the street

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.

-    Provide a safe environment to street children

-    Provide family reinsertion and following up

-    Provide vocational training in mechanic, cooking and masonry

-    Provide to read and to write

-    Provide health support and potable water

-    Provide some basic toys and educational resources

Duration of Project

14 months

 1-September-2010 to 31-December-2011

Funding Information

 Total Funding Received to Date:

$   2 477

Remaining Goal to be Funded:

$17 523

Total Funding Goal:

$20,000

Funding source(s)

GLobalGiving

Report Contact persons

Program Manager

Christine Musaidizi Mut.

christinemusaid@hotmail.com

Mobile: +243818888706

or

Center director

Richard Kabala Ntumba

kabalantumba@yahoo.fr

Mobile: +243998786874

 A2. Narrative summary of progress

 DRC is a country of severe conflict. The last democratic election in 2006 and agreements with militia have provided some stability. In Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 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, have been raped or accused of witchcraft. Most are unable to continue school and many have never been able to afford to go at all.

In addition, the years of contact conflict including tribal conflict has caused the death of many family members and traumatized the children who bore witness to many of the atrocities. This conflict has also led to a shift in population towards the “safer” urban areas. This has increased the economic vulnerability of families who are forced to leave their farms and livelihoods.

Many children are more vulnerable in urban areas to exploitation, including sexual exploitation such as child labor and prostitution. Due to the economic difficulties and the stigmatization of many of these children, most families are unable to take on the responsibility of caring for orphans, even if they are linked to their previous communities. Many of these children are forced to earn a living by begging in the streets, being involved in early marriage or sexual exploitation, having their labor exploited and suffering from violence, illnesses and malnutrition.

In the town of Goma several hundred vulnerable orphaned and vulnerable children with themselves and exposed to all forms of violence and do not attend school.

Children’s Voice provides a safe place for children to receive informal schooling, vocational training and find the time to play, under the supervision of facilitators.

At the beginning of the current project, an assessment conducted identified the need of the children as being the following;

-    Access to a save environment to street children

-    Access to 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, authorities and children

 The project, whose implementation began in September ’10, seeks to contribute to the care of 250 orphans, unaccompanied children and other vulnerable children living in the streets of Goma town giving them a safe protective environment and improving their health.

A3. Activities

Children’s Voice offers:

formal schooling, vocational training, counselling, medical care and family mediation and reinsertion.

 1.Formal Schooling: children ages 9-14 years old are accepted into an accelerated primary school where they complete two years of curriculum within one year.

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

Children in the 2 centers

Class

Girls

Boys

total

Level N1a

58

59

117

Level N1b

48

58

106

Level N1c

31

28

59

Level N2a

71

61

132

Level N2b

39

31

70

Level N3

39

45

84

Tailoring

69

2

71

Mechanic

3

34

37

Cooking

14

2

16

 

372

320

692

 

Further, a total of 12 social agents and workers of the Children’s Voice Virunga and Bujovu centers were trained on the education of orphaned and vulnerable children and how to support those victims in  psychological care. In addition they have received indepth trainings on the Convention on the Rights of the Child and child protection which guides them as they interact with children at the centre.

Many of children attending the Children’s Voice centre have benefited from basic medical assistance. Further, children in the centre have also received sensitization on HIV/AIDs. School age children and young adults have been sensitized about how HIV/AIDS is contracted and what preventative measures can be taken against it.

A4. Report on budget

 Transfer from GlobalGiving to 31st may 2011

2476.59

Bank charges

5

School supplies

732

Children clothes and school uniforms

420

Vocational training equip & material

735

Medication

180

Cleaning products

180

Total

2476.59

2366.95

Balance not used on 31 may 2011

109.64

 The children attending the Children Voice Learning Centre since august and started school program on 6st September 2010. They have greatly benefited from the training and school materials. A child who received states as follows;

Daniel evidence

“I have twelve. After my parents died, I and my sister were living with my grand-mother. She died on 29th April 2011.  Now I live with her friend, Aunt Furaha. I enjoy being at school in Children’s Voice centre. This is my last hope. I want to continue to university and to become a lawyer or a doctor and assist children in DRC,” says Daniel, level I, Bujovu center.

Some photos of children’s activities in Viruga and Bujovu centers

A5. Thanks to you all

I 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 especially to:

Heather Pfahl

Rebecca Klein,

Zachary Larson-Rabin,

Jamison Jordan,

Margaret Rawson,

Izzy Hirson

Natalie Rossouw

Anita Yombo

Rori Kelleher

Jesseca Mcneill

Eric S Kotila

G Wallace

Nzinga Maddox-Salaam

Therese Rosenfeld

John Glover

 And those who did not give their names!

 I hope you will be around during this project. You are welcome in Goma, in Democratic Republic of Congo.

I know there are a lot of other ways you could have spent this money, but you believe in our cause, so you chose to invest it in our project. Because of this investment, I want you to feel like part of our team. We're in this together. I want our success to be your success.

Until our project is fully funded, we will be sending you regular reports about our work. You'll know what your donation has helped fund, what accomplishments we have achieved and what our current needs are.

I hope you find this partnership valuable and worthwhile. I know the economy is tough, so thank you for investing your hard-earned money on our cause. Please consider telling your friends and family about our project - share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bring us up in conversation. You know your friends and family best, so use your own words - tell them why you chose our project and what it means to you.

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 see all of you in our centres. Sure it is possible. Please tell me how you think we can work together to attract wider support for this project.

Be blessed,
Christine Musaidizi

Program Manager

Children’s Voice

Goma, DR Congo

Tel. +243818888706

Email.christinemusaid@hotmail.com

http://children-voice.org/

 


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Children's Voice

Location: Goma, North Kivu - Congo, Democratic Republic of the
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Project Leader:
Christine Musaidizi
Executive Director
Goma, North Kivu Congo, Democratic Republic of the
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