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January 1, 2011
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January 1, 2011
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I can think of only a handful of organizations that “put their money where their mouth is” and ChildVoice does just that. While the need is great (i.e., poverty, war, lack of community infrastructure), there seems to be nothing more UNJUST than children who are abducted & forced to be soldiers. ChildVoice is working where the need is greatest, where the work is hardest, where the emotions are most raw; but the rewards are great. Each young girl that enters the gate at the ChildVoice Centre is changed, not just rehabilitated, but loved into healing of body, mind and soul. What a privilege it has been to be a small part of this work!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in my volunteer work with ChildVoice.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Recruit more volunteers, more Interns, more funding.

November 23, 2010
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November 23, 2010
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I have been a state side volunteer at Child Voice since 2008 working on videos for the SoulFest concert and the Beads program. I was invited to join a team traveling to Uganda at the beginning of November 2010 to shoot video for a new promotional piece. While I had a sense of what was going on in Lukodi nothing could compare to witnessing it first hand. I was lucky enough to interview not only girls that are currently in the program but graduates and a girl hoping to get into the program. I can honestly say that Child Voice is a necessary organization in Northern Uganda. These girls come from extremely desperate and traumatic situations and are transformed into loving, caring and productive women in their communities able to provide a better life for themselves and their children. The spiritual and psychological counseling these girls receive is truly a blessing from God. You must become a part this movement!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the transformation of the women who have completed the program.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase their visibility 10 fold.

November 23, 2010
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November 23, 2010
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I have been to Childvoice Centre in Lukodi two times. In November 2009 and 2010. It was amazing the difference in the girls. The have grown so much and are now ready to go back to their communities. At the centre they learn a trade so they are able to support themselves and their child. They receive counseling to help them with the trauma of the war and what happened to them. Most important they learn how much God loves them and they learn to love each other and be a family. The centre also provides income to the community by making paper beads. Spending time at the Centre is a wonderful way to see what a difference Childvoice has made in the lives of these girls.

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I have seen the amazing growth of the girls. How they are now confident and ready to go back home to make a life for themselves and to be an asset to their community.

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They are doing an amazing job. The only thing I could hope for would be for funds to help more of these child soldiers.

November 22, 2010

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November 22, 2010

In late October 2010 I spent one week at the ChildVoice center in Lukodi. By all accounts I witnessed an incredible operation that both cared for and nurtured young women and their children who were affected by the war. It was clear the leadership at Childvoice makes it their priority to redeem the lives of the young women under their care.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life with regard to compassion and motivation to do more. It is my goal to return to Lukodi as soon as I can.

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I would not change a thing. I've only experienced the organization first hand one time thus far and at this point would not recommend any changes.

November 22, 2010

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November 22, 2010

As a Board Member since 2006, I've been privileged to watch ChildVoice grow from just an idea, to a functioning vibrant organization that is truly making a difference in the lives of children affected by war. I've visited Northern Uganda each of 5 years, and have personally witnessed how the programs established by ChildVoice have been able to transform the lives of former child soldiers into strong and confident young women, now able to return to their communities fully capable of supporting themselves and their families. ChildVoice is stepping in where many nonprofits are unwilling to go, and providing support at a level necessary to lift up the lives of women and children whom many have forgotten or abandoned.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a variety of ways (see above)

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

grow the financing so as to allow ChildVoice to expand their efforts in Northern Uganda, and then take this program to other post-conflict zones around the world.

November 19, 2010

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November 19, 2010

I have had the privilege of being a part of ChildVoice since its inception in 2006. It has been amazing to witness the growth, impact, and commitment that ChildVoice has made to the people of Lukome, the girls in northern Uganda, and the generations to come.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My ongoing relationships with the girls at ChildVoice and the birth of the new church there, Lukodi Community Church.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Grow its ability to impact more lives around the world.

November 18, 2010
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November 18, 2010
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I spent time at CVI's Lukome Centre in Northern Uganda during June, 2010. I can't think of a more powerful experience in my life. ChildVoice is a Christian organization that works to rehabilitate former child soldiers - young women who were abducted at a very young age and forced to fight in Northern Uganda's war and bear children. Seeing the transformation of these young women and their kids was incredible. Whether I was spending time singing in morning chapel, farming alongside the young women who live at the Centre, playing with their toddlers, or talking with the girls around the campfire in the evening, none of the time was fruitless. It was such a joy to be at CVI.

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The young women who are part of the CVI program are really able to heal from the horrors from their past while they're at the Centre. Looking at them, you would never know what they have been through, because they are so full of joy. They live as a big family. CVI gives the young women and their kids a safe place to live, catch up on their education, receive intensive counseling, and learn job skills that they can use to rebuild their lives after they graduate from the program.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only change I would like to see is for CVI to expand and be able to transform more lives through their much-needed work.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I never expected to become friends with former child soldiers. During my time at CVI though, that happened. My perspectives on justice, healing, and life itself changed. I really will never be the same as I was before this experience.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I'm so grateful to have had this experience.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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