After 10 years of civil war, there are now almost 4,200 children associated with armed forces and groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo, especially in both Kivus and in Katanga.

Upon the unique occassion of the HRH The Princess of Hanover's visit to Kinshasa in June 2013, the Ambassador of Brazil to the DRC, His Excellency Paulo Uchoa, and the Military Commander of MONUSCO proposed to include AMADE in a pilot project integrating the practice of capoeira into the rehabilitation and social reintegration process for demobilised child soldiers.

The partnership established in 2014 with the Embassy of Brazil in the DRC, UNICEF, MONUSCO, the Capoeira Congo Association and the Viva Rio Foundation aimed to contribute to the demobilization and reintegration process of child soldiers in the DRC, specifically in North Kivu, by integrating the practice of capoeira into the activities carried out within the institutions that welcome demobilized children. For these young people who have only known violence, this practice, combined with both a sporting and psychosocial approach, plays an important role in promoting the inclusion, equality and citizenship of children recently demobilised from armed forces and groups.

In light of the pilot project's positive results, a second phase will focus on the use of this sport and artistic discipline as a tool to complement social work in the context of comprehensive care, orientation and integration of children demobilised from armed forces and groups has been implemented.

Completed activities

In line with the pilot project, the aim of the project's extension was to continue the use of this sport and artistic discipline as a complementary tool for social work as part of the reintegration process of children from forces and groups back into their communities.

In 2015 the direct or indirect beneficiaries of the project were:

- the 600 children associated with the armed forces and groups housed in the NGO CAJED's Transit and Orientation Center (TOC) and the NGO PAMI's Daycare Center in the Goma region;

- 30 trainers;

- the community, made up of children's families, transitional foster families and members of the surrounding community.

For the 600 demobilized child soldiers beneficiaries, the practice of capoeira provided the opportunity to reclaim their bodies and work on respecting one another. Capoeira is indeed a sport where there are no victors nor losers, it is an inclusive practice encouraging the values ​​of peace and tolerance. Particular attention was also paid to the specific needs of young girls associated with armed groups and forces, as well as children affected by sexual violence.

The supervisors were also trained in regards to the individual care of each child beneficiary, in order to better support the reintegration of children into their families after their stay in the transit centers. The children in the neighboring communities of the two transit centers for demobilized child soldiers were also involved in the activities in order to combat the discrimination suffered by these often stigmatized children.

Results found

3084 former child soldiers hosted in the Transit and Orientation Center (CAJED) and the Day Open Center (PAMI) in Goma

30 leaders trained as Capoeira teachers


Disarmement and Reinsertion of former child soldiers

  • Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The

    Nord Kivu

  • Project status


  • Duration

    2014 - 2018

  • Funding

    153 996 €

  • Beneficiaries

    3084 children associated with armed forces and groups

  • Partners

    Brazilian Embassy in the DR Congo
    Association Viva Rio
    Association Capoeira Congo

  • Objectives

    To contribute to the demobilisation process of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.