One morning I was shooting video of one of the staff interviewing Fatima (name changed to protect identity), a child mother inside her small hut, in circumstances that were less than desirable. Not only was it dark inside this hut, but it was also extremely hot. My back hurt since I was hunched over most of the time. I was completely soaked with sweat and generally miserable. As I was listening to the story of this child mother, internally complaining about my own misery, I realized that her experience was completely different.
We had iterations of this conversation many times in the months leading up to our trip to Lukome and Imvepi. We have taken many trips as a family, and over the years have joked that our vacations resemble mission trips without a mission more than a typical vacation, as we naturally gravitate to places off the beaten path. The kids have always been a part of our adventures, and this time was not going to be any different. In a way, our kids have been training for this kind of trip their whole lives.
ChildVoice’s 2018 Annual Report examines our growing efforts to expand our impact into Ugandan, South Sudanese, and Nigerian refugee communities as we continue to build upon the solid foundations we’ve laid at the Lukome Center and develop sustainable solutions to help displaced and war-affected girls recover and thrive.
This past December 10th, Freedom Power Chapel of Yola, Nigeria joined hands with ChildVoice to provide much-needed food relief to internally displaced persons (IDPs) at Pare Camp in the northeastern state of Adamawa in Nigeria. . .
When Florence first arrived at Uganda's Imvepi Refugee Settlement, having traveled on foot from South Sudan, she clearly was traumatized. A lifelong orphan, in 2017 she had joined a group of girls who were desperate to flee the violence of civil war in South Sudan.
This fall, ChildVoice is launching its Girl Empowerment Centers in the IDP camps of Nigeria with the hope of reaching adolescent refugee girls suffering from isolation and despair. In order to enroll 1,000 girls in our Nigeria Empowerment Centers this fall, we urgently need your help today!