ECI supports local organizations that equip promising young students, particularly girls and women with academic opportunities and access to technology and media, to provide these future leaders with the skills to create jobs and develop media platforms for access to increased independent and educational information. An example of one of our Congolese partners in education is Children's Voice. Children's Voice was formed in the aftermath of the most intense period of violence in eastern Congo to provide education and health assistance for orphans, former child soldiers and sex slaves, and those living in extreme poverty.
Realizing that education is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty and rebuilding eastern Congo, Children's Voice provides free informal and formal catch-up education to marginalized children and youth who were unable to access education at a younger age. The vocational training and literacy classes for teens are crucial for the professional and social development of youth who are too old to enter formal schooling. By building upon youths assets, providing access to education and equipping youth with vocational skills and and providing them with access to markets Children's Voice provides a path for each individual to succeed and contribute to their communities. Children's Voice supports approximately 600 children a year through its two centers in Goma and Magunga, DRC.