On an otherwise reasonable evening, more than 1,000 people packed an auditorium in Boulder, Colorado, for the culmination of the 2011 Unreasonable Institute. They came to see 27 ventures present their solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.
A former child soldier himself –Morris Matadi, Founder and Executive Director of Initiative for the Development of Former Child Soldiers (IDEFOCS) that rehabilitates former child soldiers in Liberia and West Africa through connecting them with opportunities for holistic reintegration into society.
The Initiative for the Development of Former Child Soldiers (IDEFOCS),is a grass-root civil society organization founded by former child soldiers dedicated to the prevention of the use of children in war;and to the re-recruitment of Former child soldiers(FCS) in conflicts around Africa.Through trauma counseling,agriculture programs,advocacy for scholarships(vocational/academic)for both boys and girls who had been used in war,we achieved our goals. By networking with other civil society organizations,and members of the National and International communities, they focus on the restoration of peace and security in West Africa by rehabilitating & reintegrating FCS using the Survey,De-traumatization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration(SDRR)method designed by IDEFOCS along with our partners from the Pittsburg University, Ford Institute for Human Security research department to buttress the UN’s designed DDRR program which left much loop holes in the reintegration process that could lead to the re-recruitment of FCS in post war Liberia and other post war countries.Under the SDRR we have designed the FCS Botanical Reintegration Village;an agriculture program to counsel,train and empower FCS.