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DEVELOPING MINDS FOUNDATION FUND: HELP SAVE 140 FORMER COLOMBIAN CHILD SOLDIERS

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Craig Levinson

THE STORY:

The foundation builds schools and supports education and rehabilitation programs for children in areas affected by violence and poverty.
<=== Please watch this eye-opening video of an escaped child soldier who came to us for help.

Once I met these kids, they were forever in my heart. What can compare to the smiles of children, who once suffered at the hands of the guerrilla, and are now on the path to leading happy, constructive lives? PLEASE HELP US HELP THEM.

My Project: HOUSE, EDUCATE, & RE-INTEGRATE EX-CHILD SOLDIERS IN COLOMBIA

For nearly a decade, our program has accepted former child soldiers who escape from the illegally armed guerilla groups into which they have been taken, primarily the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN). Since that time, we have successfully reintegrated hundreds of former child soldiers who have demobilized from these illegally armed groups. We have deep expertise in helping these former combatants transition into civilian life and assume constructive, peaceful, and productive roles.

These children are mostly from small villages in the mountains and jungles, and have typically been indoctrinated in the ways of irregular warfare at a very tender age. Most were recruited around 12 or 13 years of age, although some entered earlier. These kids have been part of the armed conflict, on average, for 3 years, during which time they typically receive no education.

WHAT WE HAVE BUILT

For nearly 10 years, we have sponsored a rehabilitation and reeducation program to house former child soldiers participating in Colombia’s conflict. At this facility, the children receive psychological counseling; basic education (accelerated, in some instances); vocational and technical training in various disciplines such as mechanics, hairstyling, and woodworking; recreational activities to improve socialization skills, and organized family reintegration, where possible.

YOUR DONATION WILL DIRECTLY FUND:

- An additional part-time Psychologist for the year
- Part-time staff focused entirely on job opportunities: persuading employers to look beyond our kids' backgrounds and see what type of good citizens and ambitious hard workers they are today
- Family reunification calls
- Computer/Printer equipment
- Travel costs

...thereby enabling a greater number of children to be accepted into the project, while increasing the odds that each child receives the requisite psychological, emotional, and educational support to lead a productive and peaceful life, and an opportunity when he or she leaves us.

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DEVELOPING MINDS FOUNDATION - Since 2006, we have dedicated our efforts to initiatives such as rehabilitating former child soldiers of the guerrilla in Colombia, building and supporting technology schools in Rio de Janeiro’s violent favelas, and introducing literacy projects in inner cities of the United States. In these troubled communities, we offer traditional education and vocational skills, as well as psychological and social support, to address the core needs of our students.

My fund is an In Honor of Fund** of Developing Minds Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For specific information about this project, and our charitable foundation, go here.

* Crowdrise FAQs - explains how 100% of the contribution (minus Crowdrise & credit card processing fees) goes directly to the nonprofit.

** In Honor of Fund FAQs and Terms & Conditions

 

 

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To This Fundraiser

$2,080

MONEY RAISED
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  • Levity Partners LLC

    $150

  • Andrea Mnookin Beck

    $10

  • Bodo

    $10

  • Brian and Marni Sivin

    $100

  • Michael Gallegos

    $25

  • barbara and harvey levinson

    $100

  • Barbara and Harvey Levinson

    $500

  • Malik Grady

    $25

  • Walter James

    $200

  • shelley and jay

    $25

  • Jessica, David, Jonah & Tobey Giat

    $100

  • Stefany Werdum

    $5

  • Brandon Weinberg

    $20

  • Silvia Azoy

    $10

  • Paul Singerman

    $250

  • Julie Zagari

    $10

  • Silvia Azoy

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Audrey and Greg David

    $100

  • Robert Richman

    $300

  • Stefany

    $5

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Rachel West

    $25

  • Scott Rogers

    $25

  • Neil Bronstein

     

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21% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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The Team: $2,080 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Craig Levinson

Amount Raised

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11% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Harvey Levinson

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$500

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Walter James

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$200

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Jessica Giat

Amount Raised

$100

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Corinne Gallegos

Amount Raised

$25

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Malik Grady

Amount Raised

$25

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Scott Jaffee

Amount Raised

$25

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Josh Berkowitz

Amount Raised

$25

Donor Comments

Neil Bronstein

Neil Bronstein

Que Dios la bendiga y gracias por todo lo que ha hecho por los niños de Colombia. 1 year ago

Scott Rogers

Scott Rogers

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Rachel West

Rachel West

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Stefany

Stefany

DONATION: $5

3 years ago

Robert Richman

Robert Richman

DONATION: $300

3 years ago

Audrey and Greg David

Audrey and Greg David

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Silvia Azoy

Silvia Azoy

DONATION: $10

3 years ago

Julie Zagari

Julie Zagari

DONATION: $10

3 years ago