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LAV Reintegration of Former Child Soldiers

Welding shop run by former LAV student in Bukavu. (Photo via Eastern Congo Initiative.)

Thousands of Congolese children have been forcibly recruited into the nation’s various armed groups. These children and the hundreds of thousands more that have been orphaned or abandoned are living, impoverished and vulnerable, on Congo’s dangerous streets. In partnership with  LAV (Laissez l’Afrique Vivre/Let Africa Live), JWW is sponsoring the reintegration of 50 former child soldiers, most of them girls. This program provides the children with vocational and professional skills training, basic education, medical and psychosocial care and support for their burgeoning businesses once they graduate. In addition, through another project, JWW is developing a program to house 100 war orphans and vulnerable children in Bukavu, South Kivu.

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