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August 22, 2012

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August 22, 2012

I volunteered with ChildVoice for a bit this summer. The organization showed an extremely strong and genuine interest in the well-being of the war-affected communities of Uganda and was truly doing amazing work, assisting those "silenced by war" through recovery, whether by means of therapy, education, or vocational training. It was an honor to serve with them.

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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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 22, 2012

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August 22, 2012

I just returned from a summer internship with Child Voice. Rather than be a part of a large, established NGO, I really wanted to volunteer my time doing art therapy with a smaller grass-roots organization that deeply cared for the surrounding community and specifically worked with formerly-abducted individuals. Child Voice fit that bill perfectly and I can honestly say after 11 weeks of living in Gulu and visiting many different organizations and networks, that they are truly a unique operation. During my time there, Child Voice operated on a completely Ugandan based on-ground staff. Amazing! I had the privilege of meeting with girls who had graduated from Child Voice's program and I can't emphasize enough how much these girls' lives have been changed. Child Voice equips them with the life skills they need to provide for themselves and their children, but also to maintain their personal faith, hope, and dignity. This organization wants to give their girls a hand up and not a hand out. They strive to do what's best for the girls, community, and be culturally appropriate in every step they take instead of bringing in their western ideals and "do-it-our-way" attitude. I would definitely recommend volunteering your time with Child Voice, making a donation, or supporting them buy purchasing beads that the Child Voice bead women make.

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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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

December 6, 2011

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December 6, 2011

I have just returned from a mission trip to ChildVoice's Lukome Center in Northern Uganda. I have been interested in the plight of East Africa and studied about what has happened and what is being done to help these countries. ChildVoice is the only remaining NGO that is specifically there to help women and children who come back from life in the bush. While the war has moved out of N. Uganda, people are still escaping and returning home. The things they have been witness and participate in are beyond words. Without ChildVoice and the program, these kids and their kids would be lost in a country that couldn't take care of them and that wasn't sure they could be trusted. I have witnessed, first hand, the progress these girls make and the joy and excitement they have for life and the forgiveness they experience. All are overwhelming and moving. I have never witnessed such indomitable spirits and feel priviledged to have gotten to spend two weeks helping ChildVoice!

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

I volunteer with the bead project that helps support this organization and have been able to actually see the beads being made in person. I also saw, first hand, the girls who live at the Center and the joy and love they can no feel, after having ChildVoice care for them in both their emotional and social, and educational development.

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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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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

The profound sense of forgiveness and love, despite all the uniaginable things they have been forced to do and witness will have a lasting effect on me.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

wondeful! I will absolutely go back.....I definitely saw how life changing this program was!!

August 18, 2011

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August 18, 2011

I am an environmental engineering student at the University of New Hampshire. Myself and two others just returned from a two week trip for Engineers Without Borders working with ChildVoice. They were extremely helpful with everything, and without their help we would have not been able to accomplish as much as we did. All of the staff was very nice and generous. They made me feel welcome, safe, and at home. We plan to travel back to continue our project implementing a well and working to fix other sources of water in the region. I am excited to return to the ChildVoice center in Lukodi. They made our trip as easy and enjoyable as possible. I have been back home for three days, and I already miss Uganda.

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

traveling abroad to Uganda

Ways to make it better...

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

recommend that more volunteers travel to Uganda with ChildVoice. It would be amazing to see the organization grow to the point where they could open up a few additional centers throughout Uganda.

August 17, 2011

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August 17, 2011

We (Engineers Without Borders at the University of New Hampshire) are currently working with CVI on a drinking water project, and we recently returned from a trip to their center in Northern Uganda. They were very cooperative and helpful, both in the US and on our trip. We definitely could not have accomplished our goals in the time that we had without their logistical help with arrangements such as obtaining drivers/translators.

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

Through our project we are playing more of a support role than a direct involvement in their work, but we were able to see firsthand the opportunities that the young women and their children at the center were given to learn skills and simply live in a safe, caring environment.

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

I think that it would be great for CVI to be able to extend its' work into other countries where young people have been exploited in war.

January 3, 2011

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January 3, 2011

There are no words to describe the effect the people of northern Uganda have had on me and on my life. It's because of my involvement with ChildVoice that I have been blessed with this rich experience. I've been to northern Uganda with ChildVoice three times since 2007. The beauty of ChildVoice is that it's a young, grassroots effort. So working with the orgnanization takes you right into the heart of the matter...living in mud huts in rural Africa, interacting personally with precious Ugandans who are working to recover from years of rebel violence or time in captivity with the LRA, caring for babies and children who were born in the bush, etc. As much as I wanted to pour my compassion in to them, I left overflowing with all they had taught me. Seeing the transformation of young women from my first encounter in 2007 to subsequent encounters over the next few years was amazing and a true testament to the value of the work ChildVoice is doing in northern Uganda and preparing to do in war zones around the world. I am proud and blessed to have been able to participate in the mission of ChildVoice International. www.childvoiceintl.org

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During my first trip to Uganda, I met many malnourished and disheartened young women who had escaped from LRA captivity, many with children. During subsequent trips, I saw them healthy, in both body and spirit. They beamed with hope, had gained marketable skills, were able to feed their children, and had received post-traumatic counseling to help them deal with their experiences in the LRA. The medical clinic I helped open on my first trip remains open today, staffed with Ugandan medical professionals.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help ensure a solid focus is maintained. There is much to be done in northern Uganda and other war zones in the world, so it can be easy to try to solve parapheal probems. It's important to maintain a clear focus on the organization's primary mission.

January 3, 2011

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January 3, 2011

As a current long term volunteer for ChildVoice, I continue to be impressed by the programs that the organization offers not only to girl beneficiaries and their children but also their involvement in the Lukome community as a whole. To see the huge impact that ChildVoice has had on so many people and to think that the organization is only a few years old is really remarkable. The programs the organization offers to its beneficiaries are always expanding and I am honored to be a part of the team.

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

witnessing the faith of young women who have experienced such horrible pasts. Many of them come to the center with hatred in their hearts and they leave transformed by love, confident in their abilities and prepared to create brighter futures for themselves and their families. It is a true testimony to God and to the effectiveness of the organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase the financial and human resources available. There is still so much healing needed among the most vulnerable in northern Uganda that ChildVoice is currently unable to cater to.

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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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 1, 2011

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January 1, 2011

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

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

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

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

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