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The mission of Child Soldier Relief Foundation (CSR), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization designated by the Internal Revenue Code, is to advocate on behalf of child soldiers by serving as a central repository of information on all topics relating to the topic of child soldiers.

Child Soldier advocacy hitting the mainstream in Canada

…with four high-level Canadian executives pledging to help UNICEF raise $1,000,000 for programs benefiting children, earmarking a portion to aid child soldiers in the Democratic of Congo.   (The rest of the money will go to assisting children with AIDS in Haiti, constructing schools in Rwanda, and increasing access to schools for girls in Afghanistan.)   Kudos to:

Aldo Bensadoun, chief executive officer of The Aldo Group Inc., Lucien Bouchard, partner of the law firm Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP and former Premier of Quebec, Jean-Pierre Leger, president and chief executive officer of Les Rotisseries St-Hubert Ltee and Thierry Vandal, president and chief executive officer of Hydro-Quebec.

The UNICEF project they are supporting is called THE CHILDREN’S UNICEF.  Specifically, the program in the DRC will work to demobilize and reintegrate former child soldiers there.  

Ce programme de l’Unicef vise à assurer la libération, les soins de santé, le support psychologique, la réunification et la réinsertion de 1750 enfants.

An exhibition of photographs and a book launch of THE CHILDREN’S UNICEF will kick off the fundraising drive on November 11 at the Parquet of the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (Centre CDP Capital).  For more information check out their website

Hopefully this grand gesture will encourage other philanthopists to follow suit.

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2 Responses

  1. Lansana says:

    As a former child soldier in Sierra Leone we have initiated an organization to give long tern reintegration to our colleagues.

  2. Lansana says:

    The organization is called Mind To Change. This organization was developed based on the university education i have had after the 11 years conflict, and my contact with one Dutch Antropologist called Ginny Mooy who went to Sierra Leone do her Masters research. Based on her findings, and my experience as a former child soldiers who fought along the civil defence forces (CDF), we decided to set up this organization to give long term reintegration to the less preveilege especially those who fought along side the revolutional united front (RUF). To know more about the organization you can visit: http://www.mindtochange.org or http://www.mindtochange.nl, but it is in Dutch.

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