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

Up to 40% of child soldiers are girls.

Child Soldiers are used as fighters, suicide bombers, human shields, cooks, spies, messengers, and sex slaves.

Our Team: 100% Volunteers

Fazineh Keita
Founder, Director, President

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
Founder, Director, CEO

Ava won the title of Miss British Columbia 2013/14 with her platform being the rehabilitation of child soldiers. Born and raised in Canada, she works in the performing arts and met Fazineh at Vancouver Film School. Ava has a life-long goal of humanitarian work and wants to make a difference by ending the use of child soldiers.

Gabriele Vanderstarren
Director, Vice-President

Gaby grew up in Vancouver and currently lives in Chilliwack, BC with her family. She graduated from Kwantlen's Fashion Design program and owns her own clothing line. Gaby brings her organizational skills to the foundation wherever it's needed as our manager and Vice President.

M3 Architecture

Vancouver-based M3a is a small-scale architectural firm specializing in educational facilities. The Kabala project presents partners Patrick May and Laura May with the opportunity to contribute their services and expertise to the mission of Innocence Lost Foundation. Through the practice of mindful planning and design, they envision a centre that responds to place and connects to community - a community place that will contribute to the empowerment of its participants.

Laura May
Director, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP

Laura skillfully combines her parallel passions of architecture and photography. Having grown up in Mexico City, studied in the USA, practiced in Canada, and photographed people and places internationally, Laura's cultural sensibilities lend insight and understanding to the intention of the Kabala project. "My love of photographing the human experience translates into bringing a humanistic approach to architecture."

Patrick May
Architect AIBC, MRAIC

Raised in a small northern Manitoba town, Patrick May studied architecture at the University of Manitoba prior to developing his professional practice in Vancouver. School design is his primary focus, though single-family housing remains a passion because of the personal scale and connection with clients. Having been a partner in two larger firms before establishing M3a, Patrick now enjoys working closely with his clients as well as collaborating on unique design opportunities.

Maureen Callen

Our creative director, Maureen, lives in Washington, USA. She is a graduate from Kwantlen's Fashion Design program in Vancouver, Canada and she now works with senior citizens and uses her abilities to enhance others lives with art.

Cynthia Bunbury

An independent teacher, writer, mother and social justice advocate, Cynthia hails from Quebec and has lived in five of Canada's provinces. She presently works with refugees and persons with disabilities in addition to her full-time teaching load. Her career has focused on the ability of art to inform, heal and create positive change.

**All Team Members Are Volunteers**

Our Project

Kabala Community Centre Sierra Leone, West Africa

Our pilot project, that we are currently fundraising for, is a 150,000ft2 community center in Kabala, Sierra Leone, West Africa. At our center we will provide former child soldiers access to food and water, art and sport therapy, counselling, skills training and education to create jobs, and provide resources to further the country and people.

Facilities will include:

Click here: Read our full report to find out more about this project, why we do this, and how we'll get there.


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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, or to book a school presentation, email, or contact us through our Facebook page!

Thanks to our fundraisers, sales on our Etsy store and generous donations from people like you, we've raised a total of $175,730 out of our $200,000 Phase One goal for our Kabala Community Centre in Sierra Leone. We are all volunteers, so 100% of donations go towards our project. The overhead and administration costs are covered by our founders and sponsors.

Cheques can be made out to Innocence Lost Foundation and mailed to: 3605 East Pender St., Vancouver, BC, Canada V5K 2E5.
Total updated August 24, 2021.

Innocence Lost Foundation is a Canadian Registered Charity # 80222 9930 RR0001. All donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt.

Contact Us

Innocence Lost Foundation

3605 East Pender St.

Vancouver, BC, Canada V5K 2E5

The Innocence Lost Foundation is a registered Canadian Charity #80222 9930 RR0001 and is incorporated under the Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act # 860201-8.

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