Bringing trauma healing to child soldiers this holiday seasonPosted in News
photo credit Amanda Voisard
by GRG Team
It is with great excitement that we are announcing our holiday fundraiser, The Community Theater for Peace Project!
Child soldiers, abducted against their will and made to commit terrible human rights abuses, deserve a normal, peaceful life. Yet when they return home, they face severe trauma, stigma, and blame.
At the request of local communities in northern Uganda, GRG has run community theater projects to help deal with the war trauma and terrible social stigma for over 3,000 people. The plays also address domestic violence and alcohol abuse, and bring the communities and former child soldiers together.
Esther, a former child soldier explains, “When we come together for Community Theater, it’s like we are unpacking our sorrows in an interactive way. Sometimes members come very angry, but they leave laughing.”
Community Theater has been a powerful tool so far, but we need additional funding to expand the program. With your support, we can bring this powerful, bottom-up peacebuilding tool to 8 community groups in northern Uganda’s most underserved and traumatized district, Lamwo. The project will reach 2000 additional child soldiers and community members.
Donate today to make a difference, and check out Emmy-award-winning director Paul Freedman’s short film on our theater projects! We urge you to give the gift of peace this holiday season by helping us bring healing and reconciliation to these war-affected communities.