The Board has identified two projects which we want to raise funds for.
Children born as a result of rape
The Children and War Foundation want to stimulate a project that will look into the plight of children conceived through rape in war and conflict. Violence against women has become major problem in conflict and post-conflict settings. Rape is used to brutalize and humiliate civilians, and has increasingly become a weapon of war and political power. In the Bosnian war it was estimated that 20 000 to 50 000 women were raped. Widespread rape by armed combatants has been documented in many African countries (Burundi, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Liberia, Sudan and Uganda). How many children that are conceived each year is not known. The social and psychological consequences for the children being born following a rape is not known. We will instigate a study, using qualitative and quantitative methods, to look into the consequences of being born as a result of rape. By establishing a more accurate knowledge base we hope that adequate measures can be put in place to support families with a child born out of rape.
Estimated costs of a study: $ 30 000.
Handbook for parents on how to support young children after disasters
While there are a diversity of manuals available to help school-age children following war and disasters, one very popular developed under the auspices of the Children and War Foundation, there are very few practical tools available to address the need of small children. Although there is much research to base good, practical advise to parents on following disasters, this needs to be worked into a practical tool or handbook that parents other child caretakers can use to support children following large scale natural or man-made disasters. The Children and War Foundation has previously supported the development of several manuals. By gathering world experts in a certain professional field and having them work together for a week to produce a concrete product (manual), we have been very successful in creating very practical manuals to help children and adolescents following war and disasters. We would like support for a project that follows in this tradition in order to develop a handbook for parents and caretakers to help small children (0-6) following disasters.
Estimated costs: $ 25 000.