Every day, normal kids are recruited as child soldiers and trained to be killers. Child soldiering has been called one of the cruelest forms of modern day slavery because it incorporates forced physical labor, subjection to war and sexual exploitation.
PROJECT AK-47 exists to RESCUE child soldiers from lives of violence, RESTORE their identities, and RESHAPE regions of conflict. Using economic initiatives, education programs and safe houses, we love and educate these children, equipping them with tools to navigate hardships and restore peace for their generation.
We are an eclectic and passionate group, bound together by a powerful vision: to make child soldiering a thing of the past through innovative justice in hard places.
What Makes Project AK-47 Unique:
- We choose to work in incredibly dark and dangerous areas of Southeast Asia and Latin America because many other organizations are unable or unwilling to go there.
- Our work extends far beyond the initial rescue phase - we are committed to our children through adulthood, helping them to become valuable members of their societies.
- Our unique approach allows us to have a significant impact in various areas including education, community building, and economic initiatives. Each area represents a vital piece in reshaping a region towards peace and making child soldiers a thing of the past.
- We chose our name because the AK-47 represents all of us. It is often dubbed the “people’s gun.” It was the first gun of modern warfare that enabled armed groups to use children in combat, because even a child can learn to shoot an AK.