Founded in 2001 during the height of the war, CV is an initiative of ten women from Goma aimed at mobilizing the community to assist vulnerable children suffering as a result of regional instability. Each woman made either a financial or a material donation in order to start the organization. Traditionally in DRC, a group of ten houses selects a leader to represent their voice and concerns in the community. CV works in partnership with these neighborhood leaders to identify children in extreme conditions who are priorities for assistance. Likewise, if an orphaned child is in need of a foster family, CV works with the neighborhood leaders to identify potential families who would be willing to support the child. CV has two centers and is one of the largest community-based organizations in Goma providing educational and economic opportunities to vulnerable children. CV has worked with international partners such as ECI, UNICEF, MONUSCO, World Vision, and USAID.