Concerned Parents Association (CPA) Lira is a child focused organization formed by a group of parents affected by the abduction of children by the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) in Northern Uganda. Formation of CPA was sparked off immediately after the abduction of 139 school girls from St. Mary’s College Aboke on the night of the 34th Independence Anniversary of the Republic of Uganda on October 10th 1996.
CPA is registered with the National NGO board as a national NGO. To date, the organization has grown to have operational branches in Lira, Apac/Oyam, Gulu/Amuru, Kitgum/Pader and a Liaison Office in Kampala.
Concerned Parents Association is a direct implementation agency of relief and development programs by working through grass root structures called Parent Support Groups (PSG) and Youth Groups that address the needs of communities in Northern Uganda.
To date the organization has more than 500 active Parent Support Groups and more than 100 youth groups in that above districts in Northern Uganda.
CPA Motto: “Every child is my child”
- Peace: CPA seeks a non-violent means to end the protracted conflict in Northern Uganda and advocates for the rights of the war affected children and their communities.
- Commitment to humanity: CPA believes in respect, dignity, and protection of people and their rights. The rights of war-affected children, families, and communities should be protected. We believe in the innate capacity possessed by all human beings to convert unspeakable pain into energy for survival.
- Love: The love for children and the fear of God champion CPA.