Netaid.org to help trace children in Guinea, Congo and East Timor
Netaid.org said the "Bringing Children Home" programme would seek to provide some 3,000 children in the three countries with basic protection as well as trauma counselling, education and other assistance to help them reintegrate themselves into their families and communities.
"Our goal is to reinforce current efforts to locate and care for these children, and to trace their families and reunite them as quickly as possible," said David Morrison, President of the Netaid.org Foundation. "Some of these children have been separated from the love and security of their homes for years. And many of these boys and girls have been abused and exploited."
"Although this programme is able to reach just a small number of extremely vulnerable children, we hope to show that focused attention and support rallied over the Internet can help them to rebuild their lives," said Morrison, who announced that Netaid would match contributions for the protection, tracing, and reunification of the children, "dollar for dollar."
Visitors to Netaid.org can purchase a range of "kits" to help support the cause.
According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) there are some 11.6 million refugees around the world and an additional 6.8 million people displaced within their own countries. Of the total, it is estimated that 3-5 per cent (between 500,000 and 900,000) are children who have been separated from their families.
The "Bringing Children Home" programme is a collaborative effort of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), TIME magazine and Netaid.org.