A new foundation that supports child soldiers in Colombia has been developed by former corporate techie Philippe Houdard. Last year he decided to take a break from the office and his six-figure salary but instead of moving to the beaches in Thailand for a year, he started Developing Minds Foundation.
The foundation works with impoverished children and former child soldiers in Colombia. From their site:
We are sponsoring a rehabilitation and reeducation program for Colombian child soldiers participating in the country’s historic peace process. The children in the program are between the ages of 12 and 17 and were previously recruited, trained and forced to serve with armed guerrilla groups (FARC, ELN, others). All have demobilized, mostly after escaping from the FARC, and are entered into the nation’s peace and reconciliation process.
The program focuses heavily on re-education, rehabilitation, reingetration for the children.
…the children receive basic education (in some instances accelerated); vocational and technical training in various disciplines such as mechanics and woodworking; psychological counseling and spiritual guidance; opportunities to participate in recreational activities for the purposes of improving socialization skills; and organized family reintegration, where possible.
Check out this article on him – “Out of the limo, into the slums of Latin America for philanthropist Philippe Houdard“.