FORMER CHILD SOLDIERS TRAINING CENTRE
PATONGO / UGANDA
PROJECT TYPE: Children’s Rehabilitation Centre
PROJECT PARTNERS: Jubilee Action (now Chance for Childhood)
What it’s about:
Patongo is a town in the Pader district of the Acholi region in Northern Uganda. It is an area that has been greatly affected by the country’s conflict and is home to one of the largest Internally Displaced People’s (IRA) camps in the region. Most of the 10,000 people who live in the IDP camps are children, some of them former soldiers, who were abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). LDP camps offer few training opportunities for these young people, giving them little support to change their circumstances.
Article 25 was appointed by Jubilee Action (now Chance for Childhood) to assist in the delivery of a centre for the education and rehabilitation of former child soldiers aged between 9 and 13, and other children abducted by the LRA. The overall layout needed to be a secure environment for abductees, and conducive to rehabilitating and reintegrating them into normal life.
The video below illustrates how the centre has helped the local community.