While this update does not directly relate to the project Kutoa supported last month, it does show the activity of the RDCSI overall, which includes our supported project.
I'm writing to you from Sierra Leone, where we are training military, police and correctional officers on preventing the use of child soldiers. This is the first in what will be a series of trainings to take place over the next 5 years as we partner with the West African nation.
While we are excited about this project (you can read more here), today I wanted to tell you about our 2012 Annual Report, published earlier this morning. Looking back, I can say with certainty that 2012 has been our most rewarding and exciting year on record. We have completed groundbreaking projects that had been ongoing since the Initiative’s inception. We have expanded our operations to include new countries and new beneficiaries, and received significant sources of new funding, which have allowed us to keep pace with the growing need for our work. We have grown as an organisation, welcoming a number of new staff members into our movement.
The report highlights our training, research and advocacy efforts over the course of the year, including our handbook (Child Soldiers: A Handbook for Security Sector Actors), the new White Pine Pictures documentary, and our work on children in marine piracy.
All of us at the Initiative wish to thank our allies, donors, partners and friends for having assisted our work throughout the past year. Our efforts to eradicate the use of child soldiers would not have been possible without your ongoing support.