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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