Mission Statement

Mission Statement of the Engr. Aja Eze Foundation

The Engr Aja Eze Foundation advocates for the female child soldier by way of advocacy which:

  1. Carefully assess the inevitable risks of a Child making a claim and ensure protective measuresare put in place.
  2. Train local Lawyers to represent Children who have indicated that they want to apply for VictimStatus.
  3. Advocate for the concept of Victim Status be introduced into national legislation and applied incases in national courts.
  4. Raise awareness amongst female child soldiers the possibility of claiming victim status at theICC.
  5. Raise the awareness in the Community and in families of the protections available to childrenaffected by war.
  6. Advocate with the ICC Trust Fund for victims and also support reparation programmes forchildren.
  7. Raise awareness of reparation programmes and promote children’s access to such programmes.
  8. Include specific provisions for reparation for children, both individually and collectively; in peaceagreements and national legislation.
  9. Seek International funding, technical support and assistance to ensure that the right toreparation is fulfilled and the implementation meets international standards.
  11. The building of” Walls of Peace” in collaboration with CITYarts, New York.
  12. Encourage the female child soldiers and other vulnerable children affected by war to paint andexpress their feelings via art , drama and games-the establishment of “games for peace”.
  13. Advocate to ensure that the mandate of TRCs include a specific reference on violations ofChildren’s rights and provide for the participation of children and the employment of staff who

    are skilled in working with children.

  14. Establish partnerships with local and national Child organizations, schools, community leaders;and faith based organizations at the initial stage of the TRC to promote children’s participation

    and protection.

  15. Conduct awareness campaigns among children and civil society on the mandate of and thepossible participation in the TRC.
  16. Engage in dialogue with community leaders on how to include child rights standards andprotection into traditional justice structures and decision making.
  17. Raise awareness within communities who employ traditional justice mechanisms to promotehealing and reconciliation on child rights violations and child protection issues.
  18. Provide NGOs and local community leaders with information and training on traditional justicesystems and the implementation of child’s rights.
  19. Advocate with communities to offer child victims some form of recognition of the rights abusesthat they have suffered, and psycho-social support.

“How can we tell what happened to us ? There are no words to describe what we have witnessed. What we saw, what we heard, what we did , and how it changed our lives, is beyond measure .We have murdered, raped, amputated, tortured, mutilated, beaten, enslaved and forced to commit horrible crimes.”

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report For The Children of Sierra Leone.