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July 29th, 2008
Lord's Children
What You Can Do

WHAT YOU CAN DO

WIDE ANGLE viewers often ask what they can do to help. Here is a short list of organizations that are working to help child soldiers in Uganda and around the world. If you know of other reputable groups that you’d like to recommend, feel free to do so in the comments section.

Betty Bigombe Children of War Foundation
Foundation started by Betty Bigombe, a former Ugandan government minister involved in negotiations with the Lord’s Resistance Army

childsoldiers.net
Organization started by a Belgian journalist that helps pay for former child soldiers in Uganda to go to school

Save the Children
International organization promoting the needs of children worldwide. Their child soldiers program helps communities understand and cope with children who are returning from combat

Christian Children’s Fund
An international organization that works to protect children in conflict and natural disasters and psychosocial interventions

International Rescue Committee
Works to identify and care for child soldiers who have been demobilized or escaped from armed forces

  • Leigh Dudley

    I just finished watching this powerful sad story of the children in Uganda – What a travesty why is this not on CNN or the national news everywhere, the devastation of this country how horrible, the US must do something to stop this Hitleresque person in charge of the rebels, where do I sign up? Good job Wide Angle thank you for doing such a story…

  • Conrad Mandsager

    ChildVoice International 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. In northern Uganda, ChildVoice is operating a long term, sustainable rehabilitation center for child mothers — formerly abducted girls who escaped from the LRA with babies. These girls are living safely, catching up on their education, getting vocational skills, receiving psychosocial and spiritual counseling, and learning life coping skills. Through various income generating activities, these girls are earning a wage and participating in a savings program that will provide them with financial assistance when they return home. Their children are participating in early childhood development activities that are preparing them for school. In addition, ChildVoice is building schools, developing water and sanitation projects, and operates a health center for Lukodi and Kulubel, the communities in northern Uganda where the project site is located. These activities are assisting the return and resettlement of internally displaced people from these communities. A masterplan is in place to build a permanent campus for 1000 children. Work is underway in south Sudan and DRC to assess the possibility of replicating the program in these countries in the near future.

  • Sarah

    I have just come back from Gulu, Uganda, with an organization called Invisible Children. They support schools which educate Acholi children, including returnees from the bush.

  • Chris McEwen

    Thank you for this terrific, high quality, compassionate program. I humbly run a web site that features powerful artwork of escaped and rescued former child soldiers and enslaved girls. Some of this artwork also appeared on your program. These children possess amazing powers of communication through both their words, and through images that no words could adequately express. There are people all over holding them in their contemplation and hoping for their fullest realization as returned community members. The web site featuring additional artwork is here: kitgumschildren.net. Thank you again.

  • Kelly Hudson

    Thank you for the compassionate, informative presentation of the inhumane, sinful atrocities heaped upon the children of Uganda. I am interested in sending “Jennifer” a new sewing machine that can hopefully enable her to restore the tailoring business abruptly ended by fire as your story indicated. Can you assist me with contacting her or an apppropriate representative? The plan would be to purchase the sewing machine in the states and then shipped to her. All suggestions appreciated.

  • Kalette Krampitz

    I, having carried the people of Uganda in my heart for 4 years, had the priveledge of traveling to Uganda last summer to assist a team in building Restoration Gateway, a project started by a doctor and his wife who went to my church that did medical missions in Nigeria for 10 years. They saw the extreme medical need in Uganda and wanted to help out in that venue; however, God had a much bigger vision. As a result, they are building an entire community: an orphanage, a hospital, a seminary, a camp/retreat center, agriculture and fishery projects, and more. To learn more about this project, to pray, to give, or to go, you can find more information at: http://restorationgateway.com. Keep loving and helping Uganda. It’s a gorgeous country with beautiful people worthy of our lives.

  • Sam Nick Sseba

    Reaching Out With Hope (ROWH), a non-profit community outreach organization based in Washington State, will be going to northern Uganda to take the much needed basic supplies to these underprivileged children between 12/11/2008 til 12/24/2008. We will be in Kitgum – Uganda helping in five(5) orphanages and HIV(AIDS) hospice, giving medical and other supplies to these children that have been devastated by War, Disease and Poverty. We can’t overemphasize the significance of this Mission Trip to the plight of these Ugandan children. These children have been maimed by some of the worst heinous atrocities that have left entire communities in dire need of the basics of life. You can send a gift this Christmas to one of the 8,000 kids in five orphanages in Kitgum – Uganda and a possible additional 2000 kids from the communities and Internally Displaced People (IDP) Camps. Get more details at rowh@prayerpowercenter.org

  • Rosemary Sabatino

    Crisis Care Training International and Rainbows of Hope, both founded in 1996 by Phyllis Kilbourn Ph.D., are global ministries to children in crisis and their caregivers. Dr Kilbourn, a missionary with WEC International, spent 20 years in Liberia ministering to children until the war broke out. She witnessed firsthand the induction of children into the rebel army including the exploitation and abuse that they were exposed to. After the evacuation of non-nationals, Dr. Kilbourn returned twice to Liberia, at her own peril, to evaluate the condition of the children-she was apalled! As a consequence, she wrote “Healing the Children of War”, a handbook for ministry to children who have suffered deep trauma, which is being used worldwide by those working with children in crisis. She is also the author of several other books which adderess children in crisis, street children, HIV/AIDS, sexually exploited children, and girl-child issues. Truly Dr. Kilbourn is one of the most respected pioneers of the children-in-crisis movement. The goal of CCTI is to help children-in-crisis through training caregivers to effectively meet their needs, and to this end Dr. Kilbourn has put together a 12 module curriculum that meets the needs of every area related to children in crisis. Only 5 of the 12 modules are completed, and child soldiers is one of the modules we hope to have done soon. The core curriculum, Trauma and Crisis Care, is used by many organizations and colleges worldwide. CCTI is a faith based organization that recieves no monetary profit from the sale of the books or curriculum, but instaed makes them available to those in any organization woking with children in crisis at apporximately the cost of publication. CCTI was founded as a response to the cry for help in training children-in-crisis caregivers using a cross cultural context, and it is our hope to continue answering this cry as long as the Lord allows. For additional information please see our web site: http://www.crisiscaretraining.org.

  • Erin

    Thank you so much for your faith and compassion. Those kids don not deserve to live a life without hope and in fear!

  • Jensen

    I think you might also want to include INVISIBLECHILDREN on your list. http://www.invisiblechildren.com

    They have been heavily involved in the counseling, skills training and education of former child soldiers.

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