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Acholibur Peace Club

In 2007, a group of former child soldiers in Acholibur, Uganda came together to discuss how they could help others returning from
Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) captivity. Since then, the Acholibur Peace Club has grown in membership and purpose, from twenty girls and twenty boys at its start, to an informal community group that now serves more than 200 war-affected youth.
 
Members of the club donate their time to work in landowners’ gardens, tend livestock, keep bees, and raise seedlings. The Club uses these proceeds to help war-affected young people when emergency cases arise: when a child mother cannot pay for medicine for her baby or a war orphan lacks the means to pay the parental contribution component of primary education.

CCF is supporting the youth with livelihood support, income generating activities, and training in psychosocial counseling. In 2011, members received an ox plow from CCF and beekeeping tools and training to support their activities.

In addition to financial support, CCF has provided training in counseling, child protection and HIV-AIDS awareness.
 
“[Members of the Peace Club] helped me talk to my mother. Now, we understand one another and have a good relationship,” a former child soldier shared.

“We hold community discussions where local residents can come to learn about and discuss issues like AIDS and domestic violence,” shared the Patron of the Peace Club. “We have also given many referrals to people who need assistance as a result of the war or HIV.”

There are now peers on hand within the club to discuss issues affecting young people in Acholibur. Members have worked hard to learn about the resources available to them, and the club now serves as one of the main locations for youth to go for counseling and referrals.

The young people support one another because, in the words of one member, “without each other, we’d have nothing.” 

 
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