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.
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.
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.
Displaced children class in Children's Voice cente