The mission of the Liberia Coalition Project, a subsidiary of the Fort Pierce Multilateral Center, Inc. (FPMC)/ Frontline For Kids (www.frontlinekids.org) is to provide leadership, direction and support to ensure that all adolescents/Liberia's Child Soldiers have an equal opportunity to succeed, follow their own right path and become community assets, through the use of: Reality Therapy, Arts Therapy, Recreation Therapy and a strong vocational training.
The definition of "Child Soldier" is being used in the context of the Liberian DDR process and by USAID and it is based on the Cape Town Principles. The principles define a child soldier as: " a person under 18 years of age who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed forces or armed group in any capacity, including but not limited to cooks, porters, messengers, any one accompanying such groups, other than family members." The definition includes girls recruited for sexual purposes or for forced marriage. It does not, therefore, only refer to a child who is carrying or has carried arms. Our vision is grand…to create a successful Liberia Coalition Project program in Margibi County and then replicate the program throughout the fifteen counties in the nation. To accomplish this great task, a concentrated effort must be provided to core (Child Soldiers) groups of children/young adults in select communities, along with committed resources, skills, support, time and energy. By committing to these children and their families up until graduation from our program and enrollment into post-secondary education and/or vocational training, there is a greater likelihood that many success stories will result and the communities will reap the benefits of these now productive members and assets to our society.