Today, over 300,000 children -- both boys and girls -- have been forced to fight in armed conflicts around the world. Ten thousand children are thought to be soldiers in the Congo. Fund grantee BVES works in eastern Congo to stop the recruitment of children and to help former child soldiers return home.
Your gift will get former child soldiers back where they belong: with their families. BVES successly works to stop child recruitment through advocacy on children's rights with policy makers and outreach to village leaders. BVES has also gained the release of thousands of child soldiers, whom BVES houses and feeds while working to reunite these children with their families. Your gift will help pay for much-needed gasoline so that BVES staff can travel to towns all over eastern Congo -- a large, dangerous and volatile region -- to get former child soldiers home.