When I travelled to northern Uganda over the summer, a former child soldier named Betty greatly inspired me. Abducted by the LRA rebels at age 13, Betty was raped before getting her first period. She was forced to be a child soldier and sex slave to a commander for the next 9 years. She finally escaped but hadContinue reading ““I feel special,” says Betty, former child soldier at 13.”
We’re hiring for two separate internships, one in Gulu and one based remotely. Apply to either by September 30! Peacebuilding and fundraising internship with child soldier org, Northern Uganda The Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG), an innovative peacebuilding and development organization that works with former child soldiers and refugees, is seeking an intern to join ourContinue reading “Two exciting internships: Apply by Sept 30”
GRG is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity to join a grassroots non-governmental organization that specializes in trauma recovery, sustainable livelihoods, reconciliation, and reintegration of former child soldiers, refugees from South Sudan, and war-affected communities in northern Uganda. We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified program officer with at least three years ofContinue reading “Exciting Job Opportunity at GRG-Gulu”
When she was eight, Joyce was kidnapped by the LRA rebels, raped, and forced to become a mother at 14. She finally escaped with her daughter but was then shunned by her community for returning with a “rebel” child and threatened to kill her. Traumatized, Joyce stayed awake most nights, both trying to deal withContinue reading “Joyce, a child soldier at 8: “I finally have a future to look forward to”￼”
Addressing the psychological impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities in Lamwo, Northern Uganda.
The past-conflict environment, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the influx of refugees fleeing conflict from South Sudan, have aggravated the mental health condition of many people in Northern Uganda. GRG addresses these problems by providing trauma-healing workshops, anti-stigma training, and counseling sessions.
ABC News published an op-ed by three of our board members, Michael “Mick” Mulroy, Eric Oehlerich, and Sasha Lezhnev. Excerpts are below – read the full piece here. Analysis: How the US can combat the soldiering of children By MICK MULROY and ERIC OEHLERICH, ABC News, and SASHA LEZHNEV (NEW YORK) — Stopping the use of childContinue reading “Our op-ed in ABC News: Combating Child Soldiering”
Meet Simon, one of GRG’s trained community peer counselors who lives 15 miles (25km) from the Uganda/South Sudan border in Madi Opei, Lamwo District. Simon was born while his mother was captive as a “wife” of an LRA soldier and escaped to return home with his mother’s best friend at the age of ten afterContinue reading “Meet Simon, a Peer Counselor: Building resilience for children born as LRA captives”
The Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG) is looking for an intern/volunteer to join our team in northern Uganda. GRG runs innovative projects that seek to rebuild lives, and promote reconciliation among war affected communities including refugees. This involves a broad range of locally designed and culturally appropriate interventions, such as livelihoods, microfinance, trauma counselling, community theatre, and reconciliationContinue reading “Peacebuilding and fundraising Internship/Volunteer at GRG in Gulu, Northern Uganda”
We are very excited to announce our Annual Report for 2019. Read the full report here. The highlights are below. GRG had a busy year, directly reaching a total of 2,623 former child soldiers, refugees, and host community members: 1,573 women & 1,050 men. Our total annual budget for 2019: $46,840 Problems Child soldiers. 1 in 3 boys and 1Continue reading “Our Impact, Thanks to Your Help: Annual Report”