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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, International, International Development, International Human Rights

Mission: ChildVoice is a global non-governmental organization that restores the voices of children silenced by war by raising awareness; promoting research; and creating effective, sustainable interventions.

Results: ChildVoice was founded in 2006 to restore the voices of children silenced by war in northern Uganda. At that time, more than 30,000 children had been abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army and forced to become armed combatants and sex slaves. Since 2007, ChildVoice’s Lukome Center in northern Uganda has provided a therapeutic, safe sanctuary community for adolescent girls including these former children-turned-soldiers, child mothers, orphans, and other highly vulnerable girls. At the Center, our students are able to recover from the trauma of war and receive the educational and vocational training they need to rebuild their lives and re-enter their villages and communities with dignity. While Uganda is no longer at war, the effects of years of conflict have left generations of families struggling to recover from trauma and poverty. Additionally, there are 35 active conflict zones around the world where children are growing up in the shadow of war. ChildVoice is working diligently on behalf of these children, expanding its services to include war-affected young girls from South Sudan and Nigeria and other at-risk countries.

Target demographics: War-affected adolescent girls and children

Geographic areas served: Uganda, South Sudan, Nigeria

Programs: COMMUNITY-BASED CARE As part of its community-based efforts, ChildVoice establishes Girl Empowerment Centers and Groups within internally displaced persons (IDP) camps and refugee settlements, where a high percentage of adolescent girls are orphaned or are part of child-headed households with extremely limited means of meeting their basic needs and protecting themselves against abuse. These Centers and Groups provide an array of psychosocial and livelihood-related services — including long-term aftercare — for vulnerable and traumatized adolescent girls and their children, directing and equipping them for a life of self-empowerment. CENTER-BASED HEALING For the most highly traumatized and vulnerable girls, ChildVoice operates a center-based program which includes a boarding school, non-traditional educational programs, a vocational center, and in-depth counseling services for those girls who need long-term care in order to actuate the healing process and care for their own children.

Community Stories

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Paula C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ChildVoice stands as a model for any NGO. They are committed to rehabilitation and development among a very neglected population - adolescent girls and child-mothers. When entering a community, they tread gently - involving the local people at every level. I have traveled to Uganda three times since 2015 and have witnessed the Lukome Center transition to local control. Not only is the transformation among the girls remarkable, but the community itself is revitalized as local people care for and run the center, using their own expertise, learning new skills, and taking active roles in leadership. Yes, the lives of adolescent girls and their children are forever changed by so are their villages! Great NGO!!!!








Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with ChildVoice this summer. It was an amazing organization to work with. I particularly appreciate how they aim to give the young ladies skills, knowledge, and resources that will help them to become self-sufficient when they leave the program. They focus on the self-development of their participants: spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally. All their activities and work efforts are aimed at helping the girls get ahead in life. They seek to come alongside the girls, partnering with them in helping them accomplish certain goals of well-being. The girls of the program, once accepted, have the opportunity to be part of a community that genuinely loves them and wants the best for them in the long-run. The program is very intentional about helping the young ladies--in the 'place where they are.' Many of them have suffered traumas, abuse, and suffering, and CV recognizes that healing takes time, a safe place, and a loving community where they can begin to heal.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a former education professional, what impresses me most about ChildVoice is their ongoing commitment not only to helping severely traumatized, at-risk adolescent girls in vulnerable populations heal, but also to helping them develop valuable life and work skills.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with ChildVoice for almost a year now, and had the opportunity to visit their work in Uganda last spring. I have to say that they are amazing. Many organizations give lip service to helping the poor, but ChildVoice really makes it happen. And there are so many more girls who could use their help. We got to visit some of the graduates of the program now working in the community, and it is obvious that what ChildVoice is doing really works!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2014 I was looking for an internship to fulfill a college requirement, and I found ChildVoice. To this day, it's one of the best experiences I've had overseas. It's not an opportunity where you get to just travel to see and observe culture, but you get to dive in deep and immerse yourself by living with the locals and doing life beside them. I had the unique opportunity as a college student to participate in a self-directed, international internship program with the freedom of project ideas. They were so willing to accommodate my needs as I traveled around researching the current status of a post-war area and evaluating the needs of the community at the time. They stood out to me as an organization because it was started by an American, but is run on the ground by locals.
The heart of the organization is to empower women and children. Restoring the voices of children silenced by war is something I was excited to be a part of and can easily say I've not seen an organization do a better job!

Shanshan W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a high respect for ChildVoice and the work that they do because of not only their devotion to sharing God's love and truth, but also in the cultural-sensitive manner in which they does it. I interned with them for 6 weeks in the summer of 2019. All the counselors, case workers, and teachers I met there are very passionate about the people there and in all that they do and all the relationships they build they are intentional, thorough, and compassionate. Their curriculum-development is very culturally relevant as well as relationally and spiritually encouraging. They are aware of their strengths as well as their limitations and is open to working in a cooperative and helpful manner with the other non-government organizations there not for their own honor but for Christ and the good of the people there. I believe the hope and joy that radiates from the people there speaks to the good work that ChildVoice is doing even among difficult circumstances and hardships.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved in ChildVoice
as a Director and donor for over 4 years. Its mission is to restore the voice of girls and their children who have been tramatized by war. It is now operating in 3 African countries and has changed the lives of many girls. I know there is careful fiscal policy and integrity among all the staff and volunteers. I will continue to support ChildVoice.

1 Christine P.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The four trips to Uganda to serve at the ChildVoice Lukome Center has been a transformational experience. The lessons learned as I served alongside staff and other team members has transformed my commitment and service philosophy. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve an organization dedicated to kingdom building and changing the legacy we leave to our children.

Donor

Rating: 5

What I like most is that ChildVoice is building a farm that will eventually yield enough income to sustain the entire Ugandan operation. That is what I consider to be a great investment in this mission as it will permanently improve the lives of adolescents for many years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

To my knowledge ChildVoice is the only organization doing the kind of work they do in the places they do it. Helping the most vulnerable girls in the some of the most challenging, war-torn regions of the world. I had the opportunity to travel to Uganda with ChildVoice and was honored and inspired to meet the staff and girls they serve and to witness lives being changed firsthand.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Childvoice is one of the most impressive nonprofits I have ever worked with. Their commitment, passion to restoring hope and dignity for children affected by war have been evident while working with them in NH and when visiting their center in Uganda. There we were able to see the effectiveness of the services they provide, fiscal responsibility and utmost respect for their local staff and the young women they serve. Their unique service delivery model should be adapted by many other organizations because it is simply so effective.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with ChildVoice was (for lack of better words) amazing! I was 17 years old when I went to Uganda through ChildVoice. I got to see how the staff there restored dignity and self worth into these girls, my age, who have been through such things that I couldn’t even imagine anyone going through! These girls lives were transformed because of God's work through ChildVoice! By far one of the best experiences in my life so far!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From my experience, I've seen that ChildVoice restores dignity to at-risk adolescent girls and teaches them the skills they need to live successful lives in their villages and towns. I love that there are so many opportunities to serve as a volunteer with ChildVoice and do meaningful work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with ChildVoice is one of the most meaningful things I do. The work they do with at-risk, war-affected adolescent girls from Uganda, South Sudan, and Nigeria is so very important, and I feel blessed to be part of it. Working with the girls and then telling their stories to friends and family helps others understand how ChildVoice provides healing and hope in their lives.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've worked with ChildVoice as an intern, volunteer and now as a board member. The organization is focused entirely on supporting the girls it works with. The staff have an abundance of experience and knowledge. I've been honored to work with them in different ways and will continue to do for many years to come!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After 10 years of volunteering in different parts of Africa, I was so blessed to become a member of two Child Voice teams in Uganda . This is a nonprofit that walks the talk. I watched in joyous amazement at the sustainable transformational work being done at the Lukome Center and Imvepi refugee camp in Uganda. Child Voice's success in restoring the voices of these children so traumatized by war is visible in so many wonderful ways - the genuine smiles of faces which had forgotten how to smile, the trauma healing which restores faith in the goodness in our world, the physical healing to restore and strengthen bodies which were used and abused, and the vocational training to provide the path forward. And as those voices are restored, a new generation of children have hope and inspiration for a better tomorrow. I look forward to my next journey with this incredible organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have walked beside ChildVoice for about 10 years. They work with highly traumatized young girls that most other NGO’s say are beyond help. Their results are amazing! This organization is well managed and highly focused! Strongly recommend ChildVoice!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been on two trips to Uganda with ChildVoice and I want to go back again. This is an organization that knows how to support the local community they are serving, and focus on those that they can impact. I don't have enough good things to say about the things this organization is doing and the way they are run.

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Donor

Rating: 5

ChildVoice has been making an impact in one of the toughest regions and one of the toughest ministries for years. It is exciting to see how God has continued to transform the lives of the girls that it reaches. As a donor, it is always helpful to see firsthand the results of the ministry we are supporting. ChildVoice helps us as donors get to know and see the impact the ministry is having on these girls as they heal from very traumatic experiences. It gives us confidence that God is using them and that we can share in what God is doing through them to reach these girls.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first trip with CVI to Uganda was in November 2007 during the ‘early days’ of the program. The young women in class 1 were ‘in residence’ at the school, the original center. The program already had strong foundations that included counseling, spiritual development, individualized plans, and parenting skills for ‘the girls’ in the program who had experienced so much trauma and loss in their lives; the vocational training program was in the early stages. This program of rescue and restoration was on the site of one of the largest massacres in Uganda’s bloody conflict. Girls who were harmed in so many ways were being given hope and a future through the love of Jesus and the dedication of ChildVoice. It was inspiring.
Travelling back to Uganda 10 years later in August 2017 to see the growth and development of the program was even more inspiring. ChildVoice has moved from the school to an amazing campus which includes an impressive farm. This location was formerly the planning center for the LRA but now is the beautiful community bringing restoration and love. The ‘campus’ is filled with lovely small huts that serve as homes of the girls and their children with larger huts containing classrooms. The staff is some impressive – caring, compassionate, intelligent, passionate and committed. The vocational program is very mature and comprehensive with mastery of their specialties, including Tracy the culinary and bakery instructor who is a ChildVoice graduate.
Now the program is continuing to grow and serve young women from South Sudan in the Invepi camp in Uganda and girls in Nigeria who have escaped Boko Haram. I am thrilled to continue to volunteer for ChildVoice and the great work they are doing.

2 Zeb H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In November of 2017 I was able to go serve on a trip with Childvoice. It was my first time traveling to another country, riding a plane, and serving on a mission field. At first the trip was pretty intimidating and I was nervous about how smoothly I would be able to step in and help.
The wonderful staff with this organization was amazing and a great joy to work with. They made me feel comfortable and safe.
What I loved about my experience most was the incredible mission that this group of people have dedicated themselves to. “Giving a voice to the children silenced by war.” It is evident that the people with Childvoice are actively fighting for these children and adults affected by war.
I will never forget the lessons I learned, nor the heart of these peopl!