Restoring the Voices of Children Silenced by War

aka ChildVoice   |   Newmarket, NH   |


ChildVoice is a global non-governmental organization that restores the voices of children silenced by war through therapeutic counseling, education, and vocational training, providing healing and much-needed hope for a better future.

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Conrad Mandsager

Main address

202 Kent Place

Newmarket, NH 03857 USA

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Formerly known as

ChildVoice International



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International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Christian (X20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The effects of war on children are escalating into a global problem of unknown dimensions. The changing dynamics of modern-day armed conflict has a number of horrific consequences — killing or maiming of children; recruitment or use of children as soldiers; attacks against schools and hospitals; denial of humanitarian access for children; abduction of children; and the rape and other grave sexual abuses of children. The traumatizing impact of war on children demands a targeted and comprehensive approach to facilitate successful psychosocial healing and community reconciliation. Of particular concern is the girl child. Increasingly, girls are being exploited at earlier ages and for more brutal uses. Tragically, this exploitation of girls often precipitates a two-generation impact – the girl and her children. The resulting psychosocial and stigmatization impacts require long-term, far-reaching attention to develop protective assets.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Economical Development

ChildVoice provides employment and training in several income generating activities, including paper bead production, bakery, and agriculture. This includes training and technical support in microenterprise development, microfinance, and farming as a business.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

ChildVoice is operating an alternative boarding school in Northern Uganda for war affected child mothers -- girls who were abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and forced to be child soldiers and sex slaves -- and their children. This 18 month program offers sanctuary, education, early childhood development, trauma and spiritual counseling, lifeskill training, vocational training, and post-residential support to assist in assimilating back with their families and communities.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Victims and oppressed people

ChildVoice operates Punena Health Center, a primary care and maternal health center in Northern Uganda. We opened this health center in 2007 in a rural region that had not had health care in 20 years due to the war. Since June of 2007, the staff at Punena Health Center have seen and treated over 44,000 patients. This Health Center was rated the #1 health center in Gulu District this past year by the Uganda Ministry of Health.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

ChildVoice operates the Lukome Farm, a 22 acre farm  to teach sustainable agriculture to war affected populations. This farm includes crops including cassava, maize, beans, groundnuts, greens, and pineapple as well as livestock which include cattle, sheep, goats, and chickens.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Victims and oppressed people

ChildVoice maintains and monitors water quality for 5 water points in Northern Uganda.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work


2020 GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Award 2020

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Affiliations & memberships

Coalition for Adolescent Girls 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The imperative of ChildVoice is to help restore the future for children broken by the cycles of poverty, abuse, and war. In doing so, ChildVoice will be developing the leaders and workers of tomorrow. Investment in the healing and teaching of children damaged by poverty and other influences outside their realm of control will produce a foundation of young adults equipped with the assets and competencies to enter the workplace and reintegrate within their communities.

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) of the United Nations (UN) created a multi-sectoral, inter-agency framework that enables effective coordination, identifies useful practices, flags potentially harmful practices, and clarifies how different approaches to mental health and psychosocial support complement one another in emergency situations.

The framework starts with “basic services and security” at its base, then “community and family supports”, “focused, non-specialized supports”, and “specialized services” at the top. It is important to note that as trauma-related effects escalate, more and more supports and services are needed. And, as expected, the costs for those services also increases accordingly.

ChildVoice uses this tiered framework to identify gaps in service delivery and to design programmatic interventions for the underserved population of war-affected adolescent girls. A strong understanding of the gender barriers to education, employment and leadership have led to the development of highly effective program strategies to build skills, resilience, and confidence in vulnerable girls and young women.

Within internally displaced (IDP) and refugee populations, high percentages of adolescent girls are orphaned or a part of child-headed households with extremely limited means of meeting their basic needs and protecting themselves against sexual violence and exploitation. Many of those girls in Tiers 1, 2, and 3 can be served through community-based supports designed to promote trauma healing, peacebuilding, livelihood development, vocational skill building, and early childhood development.

As part of their community-based efforts, ChildVoice establishes Girl Empowerment Centers and Clubs within the IDP and refugee settlements. These Centers and Clubs provide an array of psychosocial and livelihood related services, including long term aftercare, for these vulnerable and traumatized adolescent girls and their children to direct and equip them for a life of self-empowerment.

For the most highly traumatized and vulnerable girls (Tier 4), ChildVoice operates a therapeutic community which includes a boarding school, non-traditional educational programs, a vocational center, and spiritual and emotional counseling for those girls who need long-term care in order to actuate the healing process and care for their own children.

Using a phased approach, this two year, 24/7 comprehensive program provides counseling and life-skills development, educational programs, vocational training, and early childhood development programs for the girls and their children. In the final four months, the students enter a transition phase to better prepare them for independent living as they return home.
Reintegration Support.

For both the community-based and center-based interventions, the goal is to help girls reintegrate back to their homes of origin whenever possible and take their rightful place with their families and communities. Transition specialists assist the girls over a three year period, providing mentoring, coaching, and support as they begin employment or start small businesses.

Led by a team of multi-national experts with more than 45 years of experience in improving outcomes for at-risk populations in the U.S. and the developing world, ChildVoice works in partnership with international and local NGOs, as well as community leaders, to ensure that programs meet the targeted need with efficiency and effectiveness.

The design of the therapeutic components is based on research on children affected by armed conflict and best practices from other long-term rehabilitation centers. Outcome evaluation of these components continues to guide the long-term development and implementation of the program components and the replication of the program in other conflict zones.

Since 2006, ChildVoice’s time-tested program models have been producing long-term, sustainable results to empower highly vulnerable, war-affected girls and young women. Our programs in Uganda, South Sudan, and Nigeria are improving psychosocial health, developing protective assets, and establishing an economic advantage.

In the past 12 years, ChildVoice has provided service or is in the process of providing service to a total of 6,605 direct and indirect beneficiaries.

Center-based: 1,293
Community-based: 5,312
Total: 6,605

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Adolescent youth, their families, and their communities who have been affected by war and conflict.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Thrive is one of our programs that provides reusable menstrual pads for adolescent girls. Based on the mid-line survey results we received from our beneficiaries, we now provide two menstrual pads in each Thrive kit to provide more capacity for washing and drying the pads during a girl's menstrual period. Even though this increases the cost of the product, our team felt that this was a necessary change to improve the acceptability and use of the product.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Based on changes that have come from our beneficiaries' survey responses, both the beneficiary and the staff are more open to the use of feedback tools like surveys.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,



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Board of directors
as of 6/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nathan Mandsager

Schenectady ARC

Term: 2019 - 2022

Graeme Thom


Neil Mandsager

Perinatal Center of Iowa

Conrad Mandsager


William Bryon

Gary Holmes

David Clark

Brad Sievers

Nathan Mandsager

Jordan Hoerl

Patience Lueth

Connie Bahng

Katia Joo

Mark Hoffschneider

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/1/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


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Race & ethnicity
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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/31/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.