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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.

Treatment Centers

CSRF is currently assembling a database of treatment centers worldwide that address the needs of children affected by conflict, former child soldiers, former abductees and child mothers.  The following is a partial list.

AFRICA

  • FAWE – Girls’ education in sub-Saharan Africa continues to be adversely impacted by a variety of socio-cultural, economic and political factors. Access to education for African girls is far below the world average, particularly at secondary and tertiary levels. Studies show that in many African countries, only one in four girls has a chance of receiving a secondary education. The situation is worse at tertiary level. Thus, while FAWE has focused much of its work on basic education for girls, it is paying increasing attention to post-primary education, especially in conflict and post-conflict countries.

ANGOLA

  • MDRP – National program targets 105,000 UNITA ex-combatants. Avenida Comandante ValodiaNo. 206, 10 Andar; Edificio CAP – 449312; Caixa Postal 6243; Luanda – ANGOLA; Contact: Gen. Antonio de Andrade; Director General; Email:lucas.joao@irsem.gv.ao; fax: +(244-2) 441 997 

BURUNDI

  • Female Former Child Soldier Reintegration – Burundi is a treatment, reintegration, and community education program to assist female former child soldiers in Burundi by establishing a residential rehabilitation center in Bujumbura and by fostering a rural network of respected older women responsible for mentoring and assisting in the reintegration of program participants. The rehabilitation center provides comprehensive care, including mental health, medical, vocational, and legal services to female former child soldiers.  Phone: 312-660-1361; e-mail: international@heartlandalliance.org

CONGO

  • MDRP – Program targets 30,000 ex-combatants (including 19,000 demobilized after 1999 war and not serviced, an estimated 5,000 rebels in the Pool region, and a projected 6,000 army personnel). Also includes community infrastructure rehabilitation and reconciliation.   Haut Commissariat à la Réinsertion des Ex-Combattants Immeuble ex-Ministère des Finances, BP. 14 ;Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

MOZAMBIQUE

PHILIPPINES

  • The Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC) is a non- stock, non-profit, non-government institution serving children and families who are victims of state violence in the Philippines. Its services are focused on children in the rural and urban areas who suffer physical health problems, emotional disorders and social maladjustments due to traumatic events such as arrest, torture, forced displacement, strafing, bombing, massacre, disappearance and other forms of human rights violations.

RWANDA

  • ASOLATE: The Association for Youth Literacy and Trades Education is a registered not-for-profit organization founded by a group of young Rwandan technicians in response to the challenges faced by Rwandan youth in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide.

SIERRA LEONE

  • Scouts in Sierra Leone – Scouts in Sierra Leone are supporting the rehabilitation and re-education of former child-soldiers and other marginalized young people who have been left with few opportunities in life after a 10 year civil war.  Arturo Romboli, Responsable d’Unité; aromboli@scout.org

SOMALIA

  • Somalia Child Soldier Relief Organization – Somalia.  Mission is to improve the living conditions of Somali children affected by the civil war.  Even though the organization shares the same values and goals of other international child soldier organizations, it’s primary aim is to assist these children long before they are coerced to take up arms.
  • Somali Children Rights Organization (Sochro) – Somalia.  Goals are to form school education provided to be deemed adequate, and adapted to suit the needs of each individual child, by teaching methods, attitudes and the educational environment; and to protect children from conflicts and emergencies as well as heightened level of risk – ensuring that children’s rights are respected through creating awareness and using the mass-media.
  • Somali Youth of Peace and Development– Somalia.   SYPD is committed to establish vocational projects in which youth are trained in skills that enable them to acquire jobs and income.  SYPD is also committed to empower young girls in Somalia.
  • Women and Child Care Organization (WOCCA) – Somalia. Women and Child Care Organization is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit making women’s organisation, established in 1996 by Somali professionals.
  • UNICEF PROJECTS – Somalia. Contact Denise Shepherd-Johnson, Chief, Communication, UNICEF Somalia, Tel: +254 20 762-3958; Mob: +254 722 919 867; E-mail: dshepherdjohnson@unicef.org• Marissa Buckanoff, Director, Public Relations, United States Fund for UNICEF, Tel: +1 212 922 2485; E-mail:MBuckanoff@unicefusa.org
  • The Marka Militia Rehabilitation Center– Somalia.  Funded by the EU and run by IIDA.  No other information available.
  • Dadihiye Somali Development Organisation Somali Youth Empowerment Support (SYES)– United Kingdom.  Supports the unaccompanied Somali minors and young people effected by sweeping changes to the lives of many young Somali Children who were traumatised by the Somali civil war, and may have no immediate families in the UK.
  • Somali Youth Development Organization (SYDO) – Somalia.  Mission is to upgrade the living standard of Somali Youth Community by providing technical assistance.  Website no longer works, organization might be defunct.
  • Elam Child Soldier Rehabilitation Project- Somalia.  A program designed to reintegrate former child soldiers by providing vocational training, assistance in building conflict resolution skills, and psychological counseling. (couldn’t get any current information, or contact information on this).
  • Child Ex-Combatants Rehabilitation Center

SRI LANKA

SUDAN

  • Emma Academy Project – GUA Africa has been granted 15 acres of land in Leer, West Upper Nile, by the government of South Sudan. Our goal is to build a high quality education centre for the whole community, which will also serve as a safe haven for children whose lives have been shattered by years of war and poverty. It is to be called the Emma Academy, as a legacy to Emma McCune who lies in rest in Leer.
  • GUA Africa – Our mission is to work with individuals, families and communities to help them overcome the effects of war and poverty. Each of our projects focus on providing an education to children and young adults who would otherwise be denied such opportunity.

UGANDA

  • Freidis Rehabilitation and Disable Centre – Uganda.  The Center is home to 28 children who were either born with disabilities or suffered injuries in combat. During their three-to-six month stay, children receive medical treatment, educational opportunities, counseling sessions, singing, dancing, athletics and making new friends.
  • Northern Uganda Youth Development Centre – Uganda.   A Government of Uganda project located in Gulu district and currently supported with funding from the Commonwealth Secretariat.  The project aims to help young people in Northern Uganda reclaim their identity through decent employment and positive living. The project currently targets young people aged 15 to 25 years old in Gulu District and will subsequently expand to cover the Acholi sub-region.
  • Children of War Rehabilitation Center – Uganda.  Here children and former child soldiers are received and counseled.
  • Concerned Parents Association – Uganda.  Advocacy for the immediate release of all abductees, reintegration of all former abductees into the society, to halt further abduction of innocent citizens.
  • United Movement to End Child Soldiering – Uganda/Washington DC.  …focused on Great Lakes/East Africa and Southern Africa, and anchored in Uganda… are especially focused on Uganda – providing educational, psychosocial and family support to children, youth and communities affected by conflict, promoting the advancement of peace, contributing to building a culture of peace, and supporting the capacity building needs of grassroots organizations serving the needs of women and vulnerable children.
  • Uganda Community Based Association for Child Welfare ( class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=””>UCOBAC) Kamuli, Uganda.  Address the needs of orphans and vulnerable children, women and communities affected by war and conflict, HIV/AIDS, poverty and displacement through advocacy, networking, capacity building, skills training, empowerment of women and local communities, project initiation and direct service.
  • GULU SUPPORT THE CHILDREN ORGANIZATION (GUSCO) – Uganda (can’t find the website, might be defunct).  Address the dire psychosocial and reintegration needs of formerly abducted children, former child soldiers and other children and youth impacted by conflict from the war in Northern Uganda.   PO Box 405, Gulu.  Tel 256 (0) 471-32049
  • Invisible Children Scholarship Program – L.A./Uganda.  One of the greatest needs in northern Uganda and one of the largest gaps in development comes in the region’s access to secondary education. To address this problem we created the Visible Child Scholarship Program, an initiative that develops the leadership and life skill capacities of promising students.
  • Peace Through Music – Uganda.  Through song, video and her stories of working with former child soldiers of northern Uganda, Contopulos will explore the power of creativity to foster healing and peace in the lives of children and their communities.   To contact her.
  • ChildSoldiers.net.  Sponsors educational programs for children of war in Uganda.
  • SOS Children’s Village – Gulu, Northern Uganda.  The day care centre, once under canvas, now has three permanent classrooms and there is also a large recently built basketball court near the medical centre, which is used by youth from the community. The place is buzzing with activity, especially when the SOS children come home from school and dominate the playground.
  • Gulu Community Social Support Counselling and Education Centre (GUCOSS) – Uganda.  Promotes the protection and respect of the rights of children and child mothers by providing social and economic empowerment.
  • Caritas, Gulu – Uganda.  Works with community members in need of their programs, paying specific attend to formerly abducted children.  Provide emergency relief to war victims and other needy persons, psychosocial support program for war-affected persons.
  • Kitgum Concerned Women’s Association – Uganda.  A reception and reintegration center initially established by the IRC, for formerly abducted children.
  • The Fund for War Affected Youth in Northern Uganda – Canada.  The Uganda Fund was created to provide long-term financial support to promote sustainable peace and reconciliation in Northern Uganda.
  • Christian Counselling Fellowship – Pader, Uganda. Tel 077551430, email hcccmothers@mail.com
  • Rachele Rehabilitation Centre – Lira, Uganda

If you know of a treatment, rehabilitation, training center helping former child soldiers that is not listed here, please post it using the following form.

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