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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

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to ChildVoice through my church. We have had multiple people from our church go to their center in Uganda. I have become very familiar with their mission and the work they do in Uganda. I couldn't help but want to support the work they do. They are truly changing these poor girls lives. Girls that have been torn from their families and forced into horrible circumstances. They are giving them hope and loving them when no one else does. They also support the girls for years instead of just a one time thing to make sure they really thrive. They are one of the first organizations I think of to give money to when I have any extra to give. They do it right in my opinion.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the ministry of ChildVoice for about 8 years. They are a well managed non-profit, always with the best interests of their clients in mind. They communicate well and utilize resources well. They stay true to their mission and clearly want to partner with others to care for the young women in order to give them a fresh start in healthy, whole sustainable lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with ChildVoice for over 12 years, they are an exceptional organization and truly making an impact in the communities they work in!  I have personally visited their campus in Uganda twice and met the young women and children that they serve as well as their amazing staff!  This is an organization you want to get behind, they are doing such great things!! - Diane

DebbieKontautas

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of volunteering my sewing skills making reusable menstrual pad kits for the ChildVoice Thrive Project. Of all non-profit organizations for which I have donated my time and sewing skills (27 years and counting), this is one that makes me feel that I am really making a difference. For every single kit I help put together, I am helping another woman in need so that she can attend school without having to miss out one week out of every month. The ChildVoice THRIVE Project teaches girls in refugee settlements how to sew and use reusable menstrual pad kits, and educates them about women's health and emotional wellness.

Kristine S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have partnered with ChildVoice through many community service events. I love the work they do with women and girls in need. I have always been impressed by their commitment and integrity. I highly recommend this non profit.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ChildVoice International is an incredible INGO. While at the Imvepi Refugee settlement in Uganda working with ChildVoice as a researcher and humanitarian, I was impressed with their sublime work etiquette. ChildVoice staff stood out to me in their humanitarian response - their professionalism and tenderly love toward beneficiaries are unmatched.

I learned a great deal from both staff and beneficiaries and I encourage anyone who wants first-hand experience with humanitarian work, especially with refugees, to consider ChildVoice. I will recommend ChildVoice to students looking for a good place to do their internships and researchers who are looking for a good environment to carry out their field work.

More importantly, ChildVoice addresses essential needs of beneficiaries in a coordinated and efficient manner. Anyone passionate about the welfare of refugee and looking to support a humanitarian agency in this regard should certainly consider ChildVoice.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on a trip to Ugands with childvoice 6 months ago. I have been thinking about my time there and the wonderful work they do ever since. I was so inspired that I want to do that kind of work when I grow up. They have really figured out how to be both Christian and really helpful to people who need it most. Leah, age 9

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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have found ChildVoice to be an extremely effective way of helping kids who have been traumatized by war. Their combination of residential and community based therapeutic environments allows many to be helped and provides benefits for the entire community. There is a focus on empowering local employees to do the work as well as using means which will eventually make each effort self-sustaining. The program, expertise and techniques are scalable and transportable to other conflict areas.

1 Cristina E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an experience ChildVoice gives to not only women and children overseas, but locally as well! They offer volunteerships for people with disabilities to develop social and vocational skills in our own communities. I had the privilege to volunteer at the New Market location as well as the Lukome Center in Uganda. The healing and love that takes place is praiseworthy!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I traveled with ChildVoice to their Lukome Center in northern Uganda in Nov. 2017. I was impressed at how the staff was very thorough in walking with the team in preparing the team for the trip, both prior to going and upon arrival back in the states. The Center's facilities, educational and vocational training were both modern, yet culturally specific for the Ugandan/Sudanese girls who go through the program. I would highly recommend ChildVoice to anyone looking to get involved with a NGO in Africa.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Uganda with Childvoice after graduating college for about a month and had the most amazing experience. I couldn't be more thankful for that time, and all that I learned about the lovely Ugandan people and culture.

2 Kevin V.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of working with ChildVoice last November and the amazing work they are doing with these young women cannot be understated. They are teaching them to be the young woman that God intended them to be, teaching them valuable life skills, and helping get on their feet. The relationships built there are genuine and truly awe inspiring. They are making a difference and expanding their reach to many more areas in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled to ChildVoice's Lukome Center and their operations at Imvepi Refugee Settlement in November 2018. The work they are doing to give war-affected girls and their children is amazing! Girls who have been traumatized by war, poverty, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking are receiving the loving care needed to heal and the vocational training necessary for them have a chance at better future for themselves and their children.

It was a life-changing experience to live at center and be a part of these girls lives, and lives of the staff. If you ever want to see God in action here on earth, contact ChildVoice and join one of their teams traveling to Uganda!

2 Eli H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Words cannot describe the impact ChildVoice has had on those who visit and those who reside there. The young women at the center are served well and equipped to provide value in the form of love and education in their communites. This organization is a true blessing to everyone whose path intersects with it. A big "thank you" to ChildVoice and their staff for all they do.

2 Greg S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I did not want to go and I knew i would never go back. So what happened to me? Seeing the Lukome center, getting to know the girls, and witnessing the staff’s dedication to them changed me. I hope they remember papa because I’ll remember them for a long time (or until I go back).

3 Brian S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ChildVoice is an incredible organization that truly makes a huge impact on the lives of these girls and their children. God is working in big ways through ChildVoice. I am forever changed from traveling to Uganda and meeting the amazing staff and girls.

2 David388

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just returned to the U.S. from the ChildVoice Lukome Centre in Lukodi, Uganda. It is amazing what they have done in just 10 years. I have had the opportunity to glimpse first-hand how God is using ChildVoice to bring hope to these girls. The experience has changed my life, and I intend to return again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Child Voice is an exceptional organization! I have visited Uganda twice this year and each time opened my heart and my mind to the needs of others in a way that has changed my life forever. Even though I have been serving in the human services field for a long time, being at Child Voice renewed my passion and compassion for serving others. This is a 5 star organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My wife and I have served in ministry in mostly urban communities most recently in the Seaboard Region of New Hampshire. I had the privilege of travelling to Uganda with ChildVoice and it was hugely transformational for me personally and in my capacity as a Pastor. The organization provided in depth orientation, and information coupled with a demonstrated knowledge of the country's infrastructure and diligent care for those travelling abroad. The work they are doing in Uganda is exceptional, having witnessed the complexities of 3rd world developments and the challenges many non profits experience, ChildVoice is navigating those challenges and leading the way for sustainable program models. If you desire a life changing experience and a desire to view the world from a one of a kind vantage point, investing and partnering with ChildVoice will achieve that and more in your life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you want to support a non-profit that is empowering young women to be transformed from the most vulnerable of their population to powerful members in society, here you have it. This organization far exceeds all expectations in walking with former child soldiers, young mothers and children seeking holistic healing from trauma and social barriers. The young women receive counseling, vocational and parenting skills, and gain a better understanding and ownership of their tribal culture. The staff invest an incredible amount of time and love in all of the student's and children's well-being. Please consider learning more about the encouraging work ChildVoice International is a part of!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ChildVoice International is a fantastic organization that empowers young women facing devastating social challenges resulting from the civil war in Northern Uganda. CVI's goal to restore and rehabilitate shines through at every level through the Ugandan leadership presence in the organization, the commitment to helping the women thrive outside of CVI whether in the village or city context, the use of land and societal integration as the women volunteer in the local village of Lukodi, and the depth of emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical care the women receive during their residence. It is truly inspiring.

CVI commits to caring for these women long after they leave the center. They continue to maintain relationship, offer support, and even jobs if people feel called to work at the center for future "classes" of women entering the rehabilitation center.

What is most impressive is the way that CVI comes alongside women with dignity, true resources, and the phenomenal gift of love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lives are genuinely transformed at ChildVoice International. The care, love, and support that the organization provides for former child soldiers and young women truly is amazing. The empowerment that it provides the women by supporting them develop their skills not only as members of society, but also as young mothers truly is inspiring. Those who are unjustly displaced from society socially and economically deserve a chance to live normal lives just like everybody else; and ChildVoice International provides them with such opportunity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Childvoice is an amazing organiztion that lovingly cares for the emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being of its students. God is undeniably restoring young women who've been negatively affected by the Ugandan Civil War through this miraculous non-profit.

1 LaQruishia G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Childvoice International has made incredible efforts toward rehabilitating women and their children who have experienced various levels of hardship in their lives. I love that they address physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, while preparing these women for successful integration back into their communities. And that they have had so much success doing so! The women are strengthened in so many ways, and their growth over time is truly tremendous.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Childvoice International is an incredible organization that truly improves the lives of many young women and children not only for the time they spend in the program, but for years to come. It is a place that allows war affected women and children to experience holistic healing and restoration. My time spent at CVI was rewarding, eye-opening, and life changing. I had an amazing opportunity to see a particular class of women and children twice - first at the beginning of their time at CVI and once again an entire year later. The transformation these women had experienced was absolutely undeniable. CVI is doing great work, lovingly caring for women and children, and leaving a lasting impact in Northern Uganda.

1 Julian4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does phenomenal work with and for these women and their children that both develops them spiritually, emotionally, professionally, and socially, as well as honors their rich, dynamic stories.

Rokon A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know members of the board of directors and have complete faith that their practices and programs through Childvoice are making a difference. They have strong family values and passions to make a difference in this world. This group of people have purposely chosen to create this organization because they care to make an impact on world issues.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Kayla M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Kellianne V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Falling asleep in a mud hut, listening to the joyful sounds of girls and their children singing and praying is an experience I will never forget. As a volunteer with ChildVoice, I had the opportunity to spend two weeks in Uganda, working with the girls and staff. It was a life changing experience, spent in the African bush with people who have experienced the worst of mankind's inhumanity. CVI is reforming former child soldiers, and providing them with the life skills and education necessary to reintegrate into their communities as productive citizens. Not only has the circle of violence stopped for these girls, but it has stopped for their children as well. Where there was once pain and hardship, there is now hope.

1 Kathy M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Nathan M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.