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Sustainable Interventions


At ChildVoice our interventions include therapeutic communities for youth and children, and community development projects that rebuild infrastructure destroyed by war.

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Sustainable Interventions


At ChildVoice our interventions include therapeutic communities for youth and children, and community development projects that rebuild infrastructure destroyed by war.

We build therapeutic communities creating a village of refuge for children and youth traumatized by conflict – war orphans, former child soldiers, or members of displaced families.  Within the residential center, participants engage in a comprehensive array of activities designed to promote healing.  

  • Counseling – Participants meet regularly with a culturally competent counselor who is able to facilitate emotional and spiritual recovery 
  • Remedial education – Participants, whose everyday life, including schooling, was interrupted by the intrusion of violence, take part in basic education classes aligned with government mandated curricula
  • Life skills training – Participants, having suffered the loss of parents, relatives, teachers, or mentors in the war, get guidance in acquiring skills needed to navigate life – including relationship building, problem solving, parenting, and saving money
  • Vocational training – Participants choose from several class options that teach marketable skills that can sustain a living once youth graduate and return to their home communities
  • Income generating projects – We implement income generating projects, including developing and marketing a product, establishing saving habits, and creating sustainable income for the participant and the program

We seek to provide sustainable solutions to community needs, complementing our focused, long-term work with individuals.  In areas recovering from war, the wounds run deep.  Problems include weakened or non-existent education systems, lack of health care, lack of sanitation and clean water, and reduced work opportunities.  We strive to empower devastated communities to overcome these debilitating challenges and rise up.

  • Education – We support local schools by refurbishing or building facilities and providing meals for students 
  • Health care – We establish clinics (or support existing ones) and provide medical supplies to targeted communities
  • Water and sanitation – We assist the target communities to develop sustainable, safe water sources and sanitation systems and practices to break the disease and contamination cycle
  • Income generating projects – We guide and support groups of community members in developing and marketing a product, establishing saving habits, and creating sustainable income
  • Revitalization of the local economy – Whenever possible, the skilled and unskilled labor force is hired from the target communities. Building supplies, agricultural supplies, and other commodities are purchases locally.
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Research and Collaboration


Our work in conflict zones and post-conflict zones has given us a close-up look at the effects of war upon children and youth.

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Research and Collaboration


Our work in conflict zones and post-conflict zones has given us a close-up look at the effects of war upon children and youth.

Over the last ten years, we’ve published white papers and collaborated with other non-profits and government agencies in shared areas of interest. The Lukome Center campus provides a unique setting for interns to conduct their own research and to help us compile research regarding the effectiveness of our programming, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and other applicable areas. 

We are currently working to adapt the Bridges Out of Poverty curriculum for use in an east African setting. We also continue to work regularly with Engineers Without Borders in community development projects in northern Uganda.

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Advocacy


We are committed to raising awareness regarding the devastating effects of war upon children.

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Advocacy


We are committed to raising awareness regarding the devastating effects of war upon children.

We participate in conferences, collaborate with other non-profits, and we have recently published a book featuring the stories of former girl soldiers, "Enduring the Night". 

Today there are 35 conflict zones around the world where children are growing up in the shadow of war. In recent years, the nature of armed conflict has resulted in even more threats to children. The most vulnerable among are being targeted and exploited. 

At ChildVoice, we have seen first-hand that even the most broken children can recover from the trauma of war through counseling, life-skills training, and education. By sharing their stories, along with our work and research, we hope to mobilize advocacy on behalf of these children and the long-term interventions that they need to rebuild their lives. 

In 2015, we published, “Enduring the Night, Courageous Stories of Survival by Former Girls Soldiers.” Featuring over 200 pages of powerful photography, this book was inspired by Grace and several other students from ChildVoice’s Lukome Center. These heartrending tales shine a light on the oppression that faces girls in northern Uganda, and around the globe.  For more information on “Enduring the Night” see www.enduringthenight.com