n 2002, the Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency reached its peak in Northern Uganda, with 82% of the population forced to live in internally displaced people (IDP) camps. In response to the suffering prevalent around them, a group of Christian women gathered together to create a plan for how they could help address the plight of war affected women and children in their community.
CCF began as a community-based organization (CBO) in 2002 with the bold vision of supporting child mothers returning from LRA captivity. Since its inception, the organization has broadened its vision and evolved from a CBO focused on offering psychological and spiritual counseling, to a multi-focused organization with a clear mission to respond to the plight of child mothers, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and other vulnerable members of the community.
Today, together with its collaborating partners in the District and donors locally and abroad, the organization is well known for its commitment towards the rights to education and promotion and protection of vulnerable children as well as a champion of alternative education for child mothers.
| Period|| Major Events|| CCF's Response|
The insurgency in the North reached its peak with 82% of the population in the district moved to camps.
CCF was founded by a group of Christian women to address the plight of child mothers returning from captivity.
Child mothers were provided with basic needs in a reception center.
A formal organization was created and legally registered with Pader local Government.
Office established in Pader.
| 2003-2006|| Care and reception for formerly abducted children established.|| CCF offered services geared towards child protection, care |
Reduction of number of children returning from captivity due to peace negotiation initiated between the LRA and Government of Uganda.
People began to witness the return of peace in most parts of Pader District.
Increase in funding base.
Reception center turned into vocation training center.
Vocation training and care/support to child mothers expanded.
CCF created a conducive learning environment for child mothers.
| 2008|| Pader Girls Academy established.|| The organization started offering formal education (remedial, vocational and secondary education) for war-affected children. |
| 2009|| 90% of IDP population moved back to villages of origin.|
Aided population in transition from IDP camp to villages of origin.
Shifted from emergency and relief to post conflict development.
Pader Girls Academy licensed.
| CCF focuses on quality service provision to beneficiaries in areas of health care, livelihood, child protection and education. |