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

Mission: ChildVoice is a global Christian 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

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

1

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.

1

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.

1 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!

1

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.

1

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.

1

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.

1 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!

1 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.

1 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).

2 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.

1 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.