Working together for long-term child soldier rehabilitation and reintegration

“Kare me kuc” means “season of peace” in Lango, the Luo dialect spoken by Langi people in northern Uganda.

We are an Oregon-based nonprofit founded by students from Lewis & Clark College with a vision to improve long-term child soldier rehabilitation. Through education and economic empowerment, we focus on addressing food insecurity and nutritional deficiencies among vulnerable youth in northern Uganda. Currently, we are running hands-on agricultural training programs for youth affected by war near Lira, Uganda. Our pilot program was partially funded with a grant from Davis Projects for Peace. Read more about our project in detail here.

This mission started in 2014 with a dream to uplift local initiatives and collaborate with community partners to help bring peace to war-torn communities of central Africa, and in particular, former child soldiers. After being abducted and forced to fight in a war, children have become the adults of their households at as young as 12 or 13 years old. They are trying to provide for their orphaned brothers and sisters with little education and no source of livelihood. We cannot change what has happened, but we can work to build a brighter future with the community.

We work with the Lira-based NGO Children of Peace Uganda on developing a holistic peace education program that will provide vocational training, offer medical care, and support education for former child soldiers. The goal is to provide a livelihood and support for the children, men and women that have had everything stripped away from them while emphasizing peaceful livelihood as a crucial tool in post-conflict development.

Students from the pilot agricultural training program gather with KareMeKuc co-founders outside our classroom in Ogur, Uganda after the first day of class.