Fazineh Keita

Fazineh grew up in Sierra Leone during the country's Civil War. As a former child soldier, Fazineh is using his experience to bring awareness to the realities of war, and as a graduate from Vancouver Film School in 2011, he is using his skills to tell stories, educate youth, and to help people find healing through art.

Ava Vanderstarren

Born and raised in Canada, Ava is an actress and a model, graduating from the Vancouver Film School in 2011. Ava won the title of Miss British Columbia 2013/14 with her platform being the rehabilitation of child soldiers. She has a life-long goal of humanitarian work and wants to make a difference by ending the use of child soldiers.

As many as 300,000 children are used in conflicts around the world.

40% of child soldiers are girls.

87% of countries hosting conflicts deploy child soldiers.

Our Projects

Kabala Community Centre Sierra Leone, West Africa

Our pilot project is a 150,000ft2 community center in Sierra Leone, West Africa. At our center we would like to provide access to food and water, art therapy, career counseling, skills training classes and education to create jobs, and provide resources to further the country and people.

Facilities will include:

Upcoming Events

Trading A Gun For A Guitar

Innocence Lost Foundation is hosting a large benefit concert and silent auction to raise funds and awareness for former child soldiers. Our "TRADING A GUN FOR A GUITAR" event will be held at the St. James Community Square in Vancouver and includes music performances by Jane Mortifee, Kefalenia, Debbie Bergeron, The Spheres, and our co-founder Fazineh Keita! Hosted by Tara Teng.

Tickets are $30, with 100% of the proceeds going to fund our projects. Purchase by phone (1-604-799-4604) or by email (!


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We're always looking for passionate volunteers to get involved in our cause! There are many ways to help:

If you would like to get involved, email, or contact us through our Facebook page!

Thanks to sales on our Etsy store and generous donations from people like you, we've raised a total of $12,575 going towards building our Kabala Community Centre in Sierra Leone. Because of our volunteers, 100% of donations go towards our project. The overhead and administration costs are covered by our founders.

Cheques can be made out to Innocence Lost Foundation, #202-5336 Hastings St., Burnaby, BC, Canada V5B 1R1.
Total updated October 2, 2015.

Questions? Contact Us!

Innocence Lost Foundation

#202-5336 Hastings St.

Burnaby, BC, Canada V5B 1R1

The Innocence Lost Foundation is incorporated under the Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (Corporation Number: 860201-8).

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