I CAN Children

Yes we can!

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​​​​I CAN South Sudan (ICSS) is a multi-sectoral Non-Governmental Organization devoted to advancing the well-being of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Returnees and Refugees, with a special focus on vulnerable children and women. I CAN South Sudan is a Refugee-Led Organization registered in Uganda's Bidibidi Refugee Settlement Zone 1, Yumbe District, and has expanded its services to South Sudan, where it is registered as a National Non-Governmental Organization with coordination offices in Juba, Ibba, Yambio, and Ezo.

A better everyday life for Refugee, Returnee and IDP children.

To advance and improve the well-being, protection, survival, and development of a refugee, returnee, or internally Displaced Child (IDC) in Uganda and South Sudan. To inculcate a sense of meaning, purpose and hope in the lives of vulnerable children

Improved living conditions for vulnerable refugee children in Uganda with a return and restart perspective in South Sudan.

I CAN South Sudan collaborates with communities to ensure that children live in a safe, welcoming, and protective environment. We prioritize child rights in our development work because we believe that strong children can help communities promote the social and peaceful well-being of their society. I CAN South Sudan is committed to the seven key values listed below in its work and organizational life. These values serve as our working norms and behavioral guiding principles for effective performance.
Excellence in Performance: I CAN South Sudan  works to ensure that its program are of high quality, results-oriented, and effective

Partnership: I CAN South Sudan collaborates respectfully with International Non-Governmental Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, Networks, governments, communities, the private sector, and donors, bringing together the unique resources of all to achieve common goals.

Teamwork: Mutual respect, inclusivity, dialogue, and collaboration are the guiding principles of our organization. In order to build strong partnerships within and beyond I CAN Sudan South Sudan, we strive to understand the perspectives and ideas of our stakeholders while also recognizing the positive contributions of each individual within our jurisdiction.

Integrity: I CAN South Sudan consistently works in an atmosphere of mutual trust, honesty, transparency, and accountability.

Open communications: I CAN South Sudan is committed to disseminating information in an ethical, respectful, and collaborative manner. The timely and consistent exchange of high-quality information with all stakeholders is the cornerstone of our operations' accountability and informed, consultative decision-making.

Fear of God: I CAN South Sudan  seek to be a God fearing and respecting organization.

Diversity: I CAN South Sudan aspires to have a commendable humanitarian workforce that reflects its commitment to diversity. We strive for ethnic, racial, religious, and geographical diversity, and equality is an important component of our work.

Motto: Yes we can!

Safe Space for Vulnerable Children

We provide a safe space for vulnerable children by bringing them together across tribes and communities, assisting children to network, socialize, and freely share their problems, keeping children connected to their culture and heritage, and assisting them in maintaining their identity. We also give children the opportunity to participate in advocacy for their rights and for peace, as well as to cultivate and develop their talents, raise awareness, and heal from trauma. Our areas of involvement with children are as follows. 1. Music, dance and drama 2. Epressive Art and Drawing 3. Comedy 4. Bible study 5. Storytelling 6. Sports 7. Life skills training 8. Public Speaking 9. Sex education 10. Counselling, healing and guideince Hence, safe space for the vulnerable children is our area of priority to develop them holistically for a better prospect for adult life

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Peace Building, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

We are working towards building peace at the grass root level between the local communities starting from households level to the community, the region, the country and the world at large. The first step to peace is through providing mental health and psychosocial support and hence this is integrated into all our peace building approach

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Livelihood Support for Single Mothers

We train single mothers in Entrepreneurship and Business Skills and give them startup capital

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Advocacy Program

Giving vulnerable children voice and platform to advocate for their rights and Peace through Music, Drama, Public Speaking and Drawing art, documenting and follow up on cases in regards to child abuse, Counseling and mentoring children, Educating the Community on Child Rights and working for the best interest of the child, conducting media talk shows to educate the community on child rights

Health Care

With lessons learnt from the recent lockdowns that restricted movement between local borders, the community must be empowered to locally produce face masks and other PPEs to prepare for further lockdown that may come. Instead of procuring face masks from urban areas, we need to establish a local based solution that will allow the community to produce their products to reduce all costs related to procurement from outside and to guarantee the production of face masks during the lockdown. Therefore, this is why this is our priority area of focus, Providing support to PMTCT HIV Mothers, Community Awareness, Provision of Mosquito net, Conducting community dialogue on health.


We provide access to clean energy to vulnerable community by providing solar lamp and solar systems, manage ewaste and, provide awareness to the community on how to recycle or manage ewaste, train the local youth and community on solar repair and maintenance and engage the community to document the climate change in their locality and provide a local solution towards the fight against Climate Change

Number of Coordination Offices in South Sudan
Number of Displaced Children Under our Program in South Sudan
Number of single mothers trained and given Start up Capital in South Sudan
Number of Staff and Volunteers in Uganda
Number of Staff and Volunteers in South Sudan

Richard Ruati

Board Chairperson

Michael Lege

Board Vice Chairperson

Akuje Nancy


Stephen Wandu Bimo

Founder/Executive Director/Secretary to the Board

Jessica Poni


Stephen Wandu Bimo

Executive Director

Juan Jackline Sadrack

Program Manager/Public Relation Manager

Okumu Collins Latigo

Finance Officer

Sauyah Nakabiri

MEAL Officer

Vigilant Tusiime Violet

Child Protection Officer/Assistant Public Reations Officer

Annet Juru

Assistant Finance Officer

Seme Luate Cons

Procurement & Logistic Officer

Moses Elly

Music Teacher

Charles Thomas

Security Officer

Elias Severio Gadia

Ibba Coordinator Project Coordinator

Daniel Charles Talata

Assistant Finance-IBBA

Annual Report 2020

Current Funding Sources

While $6,000 and $12,500 were realized in 2018 and 2019 respectively, I CAN South Sudan has received $31,700 in 2020 making it the highest amount of funds realized in the past 4 years from various sources, including Misereor, Oxfam, #IMatter, Kids Rights, Jesus International Ministry and individuals. Additionally, in kind contributions in form of capacity strengthening, furniture and stationary were also received..

Financial Gap Assessment
The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the already dire situation of refugees particularly in Bidibidi zone 1 Refugee Settlement in Yumbe district, Uganda leading to increase in gender based violence cases, crime rates, child abuse, early pregnancy/forced marriage, and gender and protection issues. In a bid to provide psychosocial social support, child rights campaign, awareness raising and sensitization, and peace building. The organization
Financial Gap Analysis Matrix


a) Training women in Business management skills
A funding from Oxfam IBIS was received for Peace Building activities in Zone 1 on 4th August 2020. Our usual peace building activities has been to organize concerts, football games and bringing children together in social activities.
However due to Covid-19 lockdown situation that limited us from our much social activities, we opted to offer training to women in business management so as to help them recover from the effects of Covid-19 and help them put food on table for their children.
The prolonged Covid-19 in Uganda resulted in collapse of lots of small businesses the refugees were surviving on and with the food ration reduced, most families were running out of food for their families and children were starving and hence our target group in this situation were the most vulnerable single mothers and hence through the Refugee Welfare Councils (RWCs) the beneficiaries to this initiative were selected and trained for 3 days which started on 7th September 2020. After the training 500,000 UGX an equivalent of almost $150 to help them develop a business idea and plan so as to start business to sustain their families.
We believe peace is the availability of everything that makes human happy and fulfilled and a peaceful home can translate into a peaceful neighborhood and the community at large. https://www.facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1775917255910664/    https://youtu.be/tjCDTF9CVEs 

Goal of the activity
To protect the vulnerable refugee child headed families from Covid-19 infection

• By the end of the training, single mothers in Bidibidi will acquire the basic and important knowledge that can help them manage a business
• By the end of training the single mother trained should be able to start up a small business that would continue to run despite the surrounding situations
• The women should be able to come together regardless of tribe and nationalities and work together to achieve
• The homes from which these children comes from would be able to afford descent food for their children

Training of single mothers for a period of 3 days, taking them through what business is, how to identify business ideas, how to manage money, and sustain their business as long as possible to help them.

We trained 10 women with 2 from the host community in business management and gave them 500,000 UGX each
Out of the 10 women 7 are still running their projects and it is growing well
This program has been able to bring peace and unity at home says Lona Juan, one of the beneficiaries of this activity https://youtu.be/hGQ6W4td72E (at minute 4:16)

• As all refugees are vulnerable many needed the support but we could not give it to all and hence many thought we are ignoring them
• The surrounding difficulties as a result of food reduction by WFP led to many business collapsing because there were situation that the refugees could not resist and hence they used their capital to solve their situation like sickness

Much as the world has an objective of refugee self-reliance, the challenges of food, education and health continue to hinder some ideas of business that would develop the refugees and therefore there is need to restore the food distribution as before and to provide agriculture space for refugees and increase of efforts in health care program so as to help the refugees stand and do things that can lift them up and they become self-reliant.

b) Training women in tailoring
With Funding from #IMatter in a preparation for World Peace Day, we trained 10 refugee women in tailoring skills with 2 of the women from the host community and gave them the sewing machine so that they can start the business of tailoring. The training that only lasted for a month gave only basic knowledge on how to sew clothes and the women were able to sew for themselves
We further inspired these women to form a Women Organization that can advocate for their issues as women and mobilize funds to support women in Bidibidi Zone 1. https://www.facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1791675051001551/ 

Goal of the Activity: To give skills to most vulnerable women, empower and inspire them to stand to support themselves and raise their voices

• By the end of the training, single mothers in Bidibidi will acquire the basic and important knowledge that can help them start sewing clothes
• By the end of training the single mother trained should be able to start up a small business that would continue to run despite the surrounding situations
• The women should be able to come together regardless of tribe and nationalities to form an organization and work together towards self-reliance
• The homes from which these children comes from would be able to afford descent food for their children

On 3rd September 2020 we started procuring and transferring the necessary items needed for our tailoring training from Kampala to Bidibidi refugee settlement, a journey of about 587.9 kilometers. These items include ten sewing machines, ten scissors, thirteen sets of clothes and art books among other training materials. We also procured fifteen t-shirts for visibility and written on them a very powerful slogan “Stand with Refugee Women and Girls. #She Matter” as a means to advocate for women emancipation and mobile financial support for refugee women in Uganda.
On 6th September however, we embarked on a three weeks intensive tailoring training for ten refugee women including two host community member. Basing on limited time and inadequate budget, we could not prolong the training up to the required duration for a tailoring training which could have been three to six months. The philosophy of including and considering members form the host community in all our activities is for the refugee community and the host community to embrace peaceful coexistence and live in harmony with one another. This is because our refugee community and the host community on several occasions have got misunderstanding because of social and environmental factors such as afforestation, cattle grassing in gardens and intermarriage. But the vast majority of refugee women in Bidibidi in this case depend totally on cutting trees for firewood, charcoal, yet, members from the host community wants to protect the environment. This issue of environmental, deforestation and conservation has sometimes cost lives in other settlements like Rhino Camp, Omogo and Imvepi among others but we have not yet experienced such in Bidibidi due to our approaches in the settlement.

We strongly believe that our tailoring training has restored hope and sense of self-reliance among refugee women and host community members in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement. The theme of “Stand with Refugee Women and Girls. #She Matters” has indeed inspired many partners and vast majority of able women from other settlements to join the advocacy for the wellbeing of refugee women and girls and social inclusion in Bidibidi refugee settlement in Uganda. The tailoring training has healed refugee women of their trauma as well as creating job opportunity for the most vulnerable women in the settlement. It has also promoted peaceful coexistence between refugee women and host community. We however foresee that the training in a long-run will help the trainees and their children to improve on their living standards once they establish their own business. But basing on the fact that there was not startup capital given for this women in terms of money, it might be a stumbling block for most of the beneficiaries to startup businesses. We are further appealing for further assistance in terms of startup and extension of the tailoring training for more five month for the women to acquire skills on how to sew other types of designs. Ideally, a successful tailoring training could have be for a grace period of six months but due to limited funding, we were not able to even cover two months. What we did was to give the basic training or what others could term as phase one of tailoring training. Phase two and three is highly needed in order for these women to startup their own business and sustain their families.

• Unexpected mechanical problems
• Out of ten, four trainees were slow learners and couldn’t cope up within one month
• Lack of store for keeping the sewing machines throughout the training
• Unfriendly weather conditions such as rainfall and severe sunshine could slow the training
• Language obstacles. The host community members could not understand or speak Arabic or English.

Throughout our tailoring training and engagement with refugee women we realized that majority of single mothers and young ladies in Bidibidi have got a lot of psychological problems. This prompted us to conducted sensitization and psychosocial support for the trainees at the end of every week to help them heal their trauma. However the psychosocial support we rendered during our tailoring training wasn’t enough and did not impact on other women apart from the trainees. This however, calls for more psychosocial support to be rendered to refugee women and girls in Bidibidi.

c) Distribution of Food
With funding from Oxfam IBIS, we distributed rice, sugar, salt, cooking oil and soap to 40 child headed families, an initiative aimed at supplementing the deducted food ration by WFP for refugees in Uganda

• To add up what WFP is giving to refugees
• To save vulnerable families against hunger
• To provide better food for the child headed families

Child headed families were identified with the help of the Refugee Welfare Councils (Refugee leaders) and they came to I CAN Children Music Center where they were given food items

We received multiple request for similar support from vulnerable families and when we assessed their situation, they really needed support. We had to refer some of the cases to other partners and also seek fundraising on our page for quick support towards such situation

We need to have a reserved budget to support most vulnerable children at a time they may approach us for support, now we receive many emergency cases that needs quick support but lack of resources has hindered us to

Peace Building

d) Song on Peace
With funding from Oxfam IBIS on Peace Building initiative, we recorded a peace song aimed at passing message of peace, love and unity to the community at large and to South Sudan. This songs are composed in consultation with I CAN Children opinion. I CAN Children are a recording under I CAN South Sudan https://youtu.be.be/2ymgJOdRkJg 

• To pass message of peace, love and unity to both the refugee and host community
• To call for peace among the South Sudanese both in Uganda, South Sudan and all over the world
• To heal the community of trauma

A consultation was done with the children in form of discussion on the topic and words to be put on the song and the song was written and composed. The children underwent weeks of practice on the song after which they traveled to Arua for recording, They were engaged in dance practices for weeks and then a video shooting was done

  • The song is being played on various media houses in South Sudan with many calls requesting the song all the time
  • The song has more views on social media and YouTube with encouraging feedback through comments and likes on our social media pages

  • Lack of enough capital to take the children for recording in bigger studios in Kampala
  • Lack of transport facility to take more children for the recording and hence few children are selected for recording
  • Lack of radios in Yumbe where these songs can be promoted
We need a van or mini bus to facilitate our transport with the children whenever and wherever we wish to go so that it promotes our work
Making the process of radio in Yumbe quickly will help the messages to be passed to the wider community and help the community to release their traumatic situation, bring the community view together for peace building

e) Hold webinar
I CAN Women Recovery Program is an economic intervention that aims at empowering and curbing the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic on single mothers and HIV/AIDs positive mothers in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, Zone 1. It’s also geared towards the promotion of peaceful Coexistence between refugee women and the host community, organizing and establishing an organization responsible for championing issues pertaining refugee women in the settlement. IMatter partners to establish small campaigns to elevate the on-going campaigns in support of the global ceasefire (calling for implementation of the protection, prevention and participation and recovery and relief) in the Women Peace and Security Agenda and especially during COVID-19. https://www.facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1793209327514790/ 

• To understand the plight of women in Bidibidi and in urban areas
• To understand how women are responding to issues affecting them as result of Covid-19
• For the women to find common solution to their situation

A webinar was organized and advertised for a week on our page, we made invitations to other partners
The Webinar attracted many participants and different partners

We had partners who were part of this webinar and this informed them of the real situation in Bidibidi and hence a better policy can be developed towards supporting these women in Bidibidi

• Poor network connection in some parts of the settlement to organized webinar and virtual engagements which could have allowed diversity and inclusion of other able women leaders from other parts of the settlement in the meetings.
• Lack of adequate electronic devices to connect many women to the virtual engagements. Unwillingness and fear by some women to express themselves in a meeting. This hindered us from getting the challenges affecting women in Bidibidi.
• Almost 95% of refugee women in Bidibidi do not speak or write English. This affected the participation of many refugee women in the peace building survey that was conducted in preparation for the International Peace Day.
• Trauma has affected our refugee women to the extent that most cannot speak about their challenges without shading tears.
• Lack of budget to facilitate face to face meetings with refugee women.

• Our capacity be built on holding online webinars
• We need more electronic devices that can run the online events

f) Train Children in playing musical instruments
With Funding from Misereor Germany, we had home to home visit with the children to understand their plight, give them musical instruments to play and give awareness on Covid-19 at family level.

• To understand the effect of Covid-19 on the Children
• To give awareness on Covid-19
• To use music as a tool to heal the children of trauma
• To fight the child abuse cases and give psychosocial support to families

Information were given to families to be visited. The I CAN Staff could visit 4 families per day and involve them in discussion about the challenges they face, giving both parents and children psychosocial support, give musical instruments to children to play

Our intervention relieved so many children of trauma
We discovered more talents in the community that require us to nurture
This made families excited and parents discovered their children potentials

• Some families would need material support but we could not do much
• Some families were so traumatized and ignorant of children rights
• Minimum number of musical instruments would not allow us reach out to more

More of such home to home visits is needed in the community as the community does not have a recreation centers where they can get refreshed from their daily situation

g) Built a Children Music Center

With Funds from Misereor Germany, we have built a children Music Center which will be a rehabilitation, peace building and a trauma healing center for all children.

• A center for music instrument learning, singing, dancing and all social musical activities
• To be a center for rehabilitation, trauma healing for refugee children
• To be a Center that unit all children regardless of their tribe and nationality
• A center for all forms of art and craft by children

We constructed the Children Music Center and equip it with some musical instruments and art and drawing materials for drawing and learning. The center has digital TV for children to watch what goes on around the world for inspiration. The center is a small office space for I CAN South Sudan too
This Center was opened officially by Uwe Bergmeire the Misereor Representative to South Sudan on 24th November 2020

The Center has provided security and space for all the I CAN South Sudan assets and provided space for learning and trauma healing through music

• We still lack enough musical instruments to equip the center to the fullest
• The center is small and can’t accommodate a big number at this time of Covid-19
• The Center is used also for office purpose and hence it is making the space so small to accommodate both the training and staff and hence work is interrupted most time when the two programs collide
• Lack of promotion for the music and art work produced by the children
• Lack of cameras and other electronic equipment to give quality coverage of the activities and art work of the children
• Lack of Recording Studio where these children can record their music most time, we travel up to Arua for all our music production projects

• We would like to build the office for I CAN South Sudan to give enough space for the Children Music Center to run
• The Center need more musical instruments like Ukulele. Keyboard. Guitar. Violin and many others for learning purposes
• We need more drawing materials
• We need more promotion for the work of the children
• We need quality video and photo cameras to document the activities of the children
• We need a Recording Studio for the children to minimize the cost of recording and risk of traveling often with the children to Arua

a) Attended conference to advocate for fair share for children
In September our Human Resource Manager and Cofounder Mr. Seme Ludanga Faustino participate in the advocacy webinar to demand for a fair share of funding to all children during the Covid-19 period which brought the Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit around the world with speakers such as Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein and Kerry Kennedy President RFK Human Rights, organized by 100Million Organization https://facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1769193093249747/ 

• To raise the voices of refugee children in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement and explain the effect of Covid-19 on their lives
• To advocate for the fair share of donations towards refugee children intervention

A webinar was organized and attended by Mr. Ludanga online on ____ and he advocated for the consideration of all unaccompanied children to be put in one center

• To advocate for unaccompanied Refugee children
• To call for unaccompanied children to be put in one center where they can be taken care of

• It raised the voices and plight of the children to various policy makers
• It strengthened our network with other Child Related Organizations

• Poor network and high cost of internet access
• Lack of lights and quality equipment’s to portray good picture when online

• The organization need more Wifi Router for online meetings and conferences
• Buy quality electronic equipment to facilitate virtual meetings

b) Trained women secretaries in Child Rights

With funding from Oxfam IBIS we trained 18 women secretaries in Child Rights, Peace and Reconciliation at Ebenezer Global. https://facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1816706011831788/

• To help the women understand the child Rights content so that they can fight child abuse cases in the community
• To reduce on the child marriage and early pregnancy cases in the community
• To build peace at family level

A two days training was facilitated by Refugee Law Project and World Vision to that took refugee women through the child right abuse case and how to handle them in the community

• This helped the women leaders to understand the child abuse cases in the community, putting them in position to report and fight against it
• The women leaders understood the law and penalties in regards to violation of Child Rights

The lack of support towards the local justice system makes it difficult to keep the trained women in action as they do this voluntarily
There is need to support and empower the local justice system to be able to handle cases of child rights abuses in the settlement

c) Recorded a song on Child Rights
With funding by Kids Rights International to Angelina Daniel, a Change maker under I CAN South Sudan, we recorded a song on Child Marriage and shot Video for the song to advance the voices of children towards child abuse cases as a result of Covid-19. https://youtu.be/xyg2By-CmpQ 

• To call on the world to stand for child rights
• To call on Children to stand up for their rights
• To call on the community to defend child rights

Angelina traveled to Kampala Uganda where she recorded a song title “Calling on the world” a song calling on the world to fight for Children Rights

This song is being played on all media in South Sudan and in all events of Child Rights advocacy
It has more reactions on social media

• The song delayed to be mixed in the studio
• There was no funding to promote the song on radios in Uganda
• There was no funding for the video shooting of the song

We need money to promote the song on radios in Uganda and to shoot video for the song so that it can go wider

Child Protection
a) Rescue a starving child headed family in village 3
With support from Oxfam IBIS, we rescued a child who fled his home at night and supported the starving family with 3 kilogram of Rice, 3 liters of cooking oil, soap, salt and sugar. https://facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1759950234174033/ 

To save the child from sleeping in an open and avoid sickness after he was chased from home
To bring the child home and restore peace between him and his mother

We were called at night that a mother had beaten her child and he fled away from home and was seen sleeping in a football ground in coldness. We reported this to the RWC of Village 4 who then took the child home and in the morning he was returned to his mother. In a follow up by our child protection officer, we realized that the woman is so traumatized because of her positive status, she had run out of food at home and was beating the child out of frustration. We then gave them food support to help their families

• We saved the child from sleeping in the open and avoiding sickness or any arm
• We reunited the child with the mother and restored peace at home

• We receives numerous of such calls but have no resources set aside to handle emergency issues like this
• There are cases that are reported far away and we don’t have transport to reach there faster
• There is growing frustration as a result of food reduction by WFP which leads to child abuse cases and children fleeing homes

• We need more resource funding to handle emergency issues happening in the community
• We need a vehicle or motorcycle to facilitate our movement and quick response to issues of emergency
• There is need for more consideration for children. Children should receive a fair share of the donation towards fighting Coviod-19 and rehabilitating the community

b) Gave support to a child whose mother died at birth
With support from Misereor, we gave support to a baby whose mother died at birth at Iyete Health Center

• To provide enough milk to save the life of the child
• To support the fostering family of the baby

One woman lost her life when she was giving birth at Iyete Health Center in Bidibidi Zone 1. The death was tragic as she left behind a baby and the family were struggling to find enough milk for the baby. When we were called, we bought 2 tin of milk, 50,000 UGX, 3 kg of sugar, 3 kg of rice, 3 litres of cooking oil and soap to the family

• We provided more milk for the baby to keep going
• We supported the other 6 children the woman left behind
• We relieved a grieving family

• We receives numerous of such calls but have no resources set aside to handle emergency issues like this
• There are cases that are reported far away and we don’t have transport to reach there faster
• There is growing frustration as a result of food reduction by WFP which leads to child abuse cases and children fleeing homes

• We need more resource funding to handle emergency issues happening in the community
• We need a vehicle or motorcycle to facilitate our movement and quick response to issues of emergency
• There is need for more consideration for children. Children should receive a fair share of the donation towards fighting Coviod-19 and rehabilitating the community

c) Supported an HIV positive child
We got a call that a child was refusing to take her RV drugs when she discovered that she is the only sibling at home taking medicine which forced her mother to disclose to her, her HIV status and this made her to refuse her RV drugs. The mother instead was beating the child for refusing to take her medication. We then went to document the case and realized the family had no food and were starving and hence from the funding from Oxfam IBIS we supported the family with food staff

• To relieve the family of trauma
• To rescue the family from starvation
• To Build peace at the family level

We donated 3 kg of Rice, 3 Kg of Sugar, 3 sachets of salt, 1 bar of soap and a 50,000 UGX to support the family. We also referred the case to World Vision to extend to them more support

• This brought relative peace between the mother and the child
• The child received counseling and start taking her medication
• The family had something to eat for few days as they wait on their food ration from WFP

• We never had enough to give to the family but they deserved more
• Our staff are not professionally trained in trauma healing and counseling and hence they had little to offer
• World Vision could not respond as fast as they family needed support
• Lack of transport to quickly respond to the situation

Our organization needs a reserved budget to handle emergencies of that sort and hence we appeal to our partners and any other willing donors to support us to respond to emerging issues of that type

d) Donated sanitary pads to girls
With funding from Oxfam IBIS, we gave 100 sanitary pads to vulnerable girls in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement zone 1. https://facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1740215269480863/ 

• To support the girls with reusable sanitary pad for self-hygiene
• To reduce on the early pregnancies and child marriage issues in the community

We identified 100 vulnerable girls with the support of the women secretaries in the 14 villages and we gave them reusable sanitary pads at our center

The reusable sanitary pads will help the vulnerable girls for a long period of time
This has helped in minimizing the risk of putting these girls vulnerable to men’s temptations and hence reducing child marriage and pregnancies

This was only a one time support but many other girls needs same support and hence we could not sustain the support

We need more resources to keep supporting young girls and protect them against sexual abuse cases

e) Construction and Establishment of Children Music Center
With funding from Misereor Germany, we continued the construction of our Children Music Center which provides a space for children to learn how to play different musical instruments, sing and dance, have non-formal learning, get connected to the rest of the world through internet and television, trauma healing and peace building https://facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1849692051866517/ 

• To create a Child friendly space for engagement
• To heal children of trauma
• To bridge gap between children from different tribes and create unity
• To train children in musical instruments
• To develop children talent for the future
• To give children platform to advocate for their rights
• To connect rural refugees to the rest of the world

The Children music center was built and equipped with musical instruments both with support from Misereor and Oxfam
The center was officially inaugurated and we started training of children at the Center
• The establishment of the Center is a great achievement in providing child friendly space
• The center serves as a partial office for I CAN South Sudan for the security of the properties and safety of its documents
• The center has drawn more children for trauma healing programs

• We don’t have enough musical equipment to engage large number of children in training
• The same center is used as office space for I CAN South Sudan and hence the space is congested
• We don’t have enough furniture for the center
• Lack of reliable power or electrical source to generate the place
• Lack of facilities for children for wider engagements
• The continuous lockdown measures prohibiting the social gathering

• We need more musical instruments of various sorts to help train the children and promote their talents
• We need furnitures to furnish the center
• We need to build a side office for I Can South Sudan and leave the center solely for children engagement
• We need a reliable generator or solar power system to run the system at the Center
• We need books for children to read at the center
• We need computers and strong internet router to provide internet to the center
• We need various playing materials for children to the center

Financial Support to I CAN Children

On 7th We gave a sum of One Million Five Hundred Thousands Uganda Shillings (1,500,000 UGX) to I CAN Children as support for the Music and Video done. Each child got 75,000 UGX, the children were accompanied by their legal guardians who signed on behalf of the children to receive the money. Parents however were advised not to take the money from the children but should help the child use it in the proper way. https://youtu.be/or3wg4ZgBz4 

• To give money for children to buy clothes with and food for Christmas
• To build peace at family level
• To put smile on children face and relieve them of trauma

Covid-19 Response
In Bidibidi Refugee Settlement Zone 1, there was less intervention by the humanitarian organization to do awareness on Covid-19 and equip refugees to protect themselves from the disease.
Recently Food Ration is reduced by World Food Program from 12.6 kilograms of maize to 8.8 kilograms per head and 2.5 kilograms of beans to 1.5 kilogram per head for a month which leaves the refugees in a point of starvation at a moment that Covid-19 has terrorizing the world,
Hence it is upon this situation that we decided to stand in solidarity with the refugees as I CAN South Sudan to lessen the impact on the most vulnerable Refugees in Bidibidi

To join other partners and supplement their efforts in the fight against Covid-19
To step up for our community and fill gap left by other partners
To mitigate the effect of Covid-19 on the refugee community in Bidibidi Zone 1
Activities Carried

a) First Soap Distribution Distribution of soap
With Support from Jesus International Ministry in May we immediately intervened to give soap and sugar to vulnerable children in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement. https://facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1628822890620102/ https://facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1614886085347116/  https://facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1702114286624295/ 

• To make available the protective items like soap for immediate use by the children and families
• To provide protection to families against Covid-19
• To promote hygiene at family level

Vulnerable children and women were identified with the help of community leaders and they were given bars of soap for hand washing plus sugar

• We were able to serve 150 refugee children and 50 single mothers in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement.
• This provided protection to most vulnerable families against Covid-19

The community at the moment of distribution were in serious lockdown and many reserved the soap for washing clothes rather than hand washing but we had to follow up with the families and emphasized with them to establish a hand washing practice at home
There is need to provide hand washing facilities to every households if the hand washing culture has to be maintained

b) Second Distribution of Soap
With Support from Iryn Tushabe we did a short survey to find out about most vulnerable single mothers and their common needs at the time, and we mapped them and select the most vulnerable single mothers with the support of Refugee Community Leaders and gave them soap https://facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1707405936095130/ 

To support the most vulnerable families in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement with Soap
To mitigate the effect of Covid-19 among Refugees

We rescued the situation of 50 single mothers and support them with soap
We helped families have soap at home to wash their hands as prevention against Covid-19

Many more families needed same support and we had no enough to serve them all
Most families would use the soap only for washing clothes rather than hand washing practices
We need a reserved budget for timely support of most vulnerable families

c) Consortium Project with YSAT and CECI
With funding from Oxfam Novib, we joined a Consortium that was made of Youth Social Advocacy Team (YSAT) and Community Empowerment for Creative Innovation (CECI). This aimed at giving awareness to the Refugee Community and setting up an information center for youth

In the first week of July 2020 YSAT, CECI & I CAN SS started with mobilization for inception meeting to introduce the project to the stakeholders namely; OPM, UNHCR and Refugee welfare Council (RWCs) leadership. During the inception meeting, the community expressed their gratitude for the project. The consortium partners received very warm welcome from leaders and the stakeholders pledged their full support in the due course of the implementation of the project.

YSAT, CECI & I CAN SS selected 45 VHTs, 15 (11 F & 4 M) in Bidi-bidi zone 1 and 30 (10 F & 21 M) VHTs in Rhino Camp Refugees Settlement. This selection took place at the village level where RWCs were involved to guide on who could fit and be capable to do the work at their respective villages for both Rhino Camp and Bidi-Bidi Zone 1 Settlement respectively. The leaders will help in the monitoring of the project and how they could support them in their work at the community level since they are based within their communities.

The consortium partners i.e. YSAT, CECI and I CAN SS did mobilization and orientation of the 45 VHTs in the two locations of Bidi-bidi zone 1 at I CAN SS office in village 14 and YSAT Head Office in Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement .In the orientation of the village health team, we managed to take them through their roles and responsibilities, The Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs), the prevention measures of the corona virus as well as the directives from Minister of Health, that is, DOs and DON’Ts of the COVID-19 pandemic situation. This was done to make sure that the community would be made aware by the VHTs on the sign and symptoms of corona virus and the new guidelines introduced by the government of Uganda to prevent the spread of the global pandemic within the countries at large.
VHTs Orientation at I CAN SS office in Bid-bidi and Rhino Camp respectively.

YSAT, CECI & I CAN S.S also established three community information centres for Ocea Zone, Omugo 6 Village and Bid-Bidi Zone 1 In Village 14 at I CAN SS office. These centres were fully installed with solar power system for use by beneficiaries to charge their electronics and to help them access information about corona virus through online platform by use of internet Wi-Fi. The beneficiaries would further report fake news through rumour tracker system to provide access to latest updates on the disease, feedback and emergency coordination on Coronavirus related issues. Over 500 persons of concern benefited both directly and indirectly through Internet connectivity. This improved community access to reliable, locally available trusted information about COVID-19 from WHO, MoH, District Taskforce committee and connected to their beloved ones abroad or back home. We had over 500 beneficiaries consisting of; youths=50%, men=40% and women=10%, both direct and indirectly.

YSAT, CECI & I CAN S.S distributed 35 Bicycles and 35 megaphones to the Village Heath Team. This was done to strengthen the awareness creation on prevention measures of the COVID-19 pandemic because some of the villages are very far to be reached by the VHTs by foot. The ride and talk with recorded messages from megaphones helped the communities to get full information despite the fact that some of them don’t bother to implement. The concept of doing the awareness creation by the community structures who are VHTs and sometime Hygiene Promoters in their respective villages is to promote a sustainable community led initiative aimed at avoiding the spread of the disease. The distribution of the bicycles and megaphones was witnessed by OPM, Police and some representatives from the CBOs operating in the settlement especially in Rhino camp Refugee Settlement. During this exercise, the Village Health Team appreciated the support from the sister organizations through their mother partner, Oxfam for the support given to ease their operation at the community level.

YSAT, CECI and I CAN SS started going out with the Public education and mass sensitization using the 500 IEC materials translated and printed in local languages most spoken in the refugees’ settlements and the host community namely; Arabic, Bari, Lugbara, Dinka, Nuer, Murle and Kiswahili. These materials were disseminated to communities in text and pictorial form with COVID-19 Prevention measures and signs & symptoms obtained from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Uganda’s Ministry of Health. The VHTs used the bicycles, IEC materials and megaphones in conducting mass awareness and sensitization at their various communities for both Rhino Camp and Bidi-bidi settlement zone 1. The partner organizations reached out to 9,199 refugees and 190 from the host community; (3,862 male and 5,527 females) with the mass community sensitization on COVID-19 preventive measures. This brings the total number of people reached to 9389.

On 28th and 31st of August 2020, the training was organized as part of the ELNHA II Project commitment to developing the skills and knowledge of its workforce. 3 refugees were trained on Rumor Data Collection with the main aim to guide Rumor Data Collectors on how to effectively collect and record identified rumors related to COVID-19 across all refugee-residing locations. This was in line to respond to and track rumors circulating in Uganda during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, these Rumor Data Collectors were to find out how the community understood COVID-19, how the community spoke about COVID19, how to respond to those rumors in the community, the community concerns related to COVID-19, find out information the community wanted to know about COVID-19 and the general challenges the community is facing as a result of COVID-19. This platform was also used as a strategy through which community rumors, beliefs, ideas and concerns are collected, presented and analyzed for discussion in coordination meetings and sharing with Communication with Communities Taskforce.

Outcomes of the training.
• Three (M=2, F=1) RDCs community volunteers were trained on the purpose of the SOP, FAQ and how to identify rumors and differentiate rumors, from feedbacks, complaints, and requests and on who to report the complaints, feedbacks, and requests.
• The RDCs were able to identify and record rumors in the kobo collect.
• We were able to record 70 rumors within two weeks’ time and met 141 beneficiaries from Refugees and Host communities. They included; M=63, F=78, mainly RWCs, Children, Youth, Women, Men, Elders, PSN, and persons livings with disabilities. Besides, direct beneficiaries included the Refugees M=63, F=59 and the Host M=9, F=6 and indirect beneficiaries were local government & NGO staff. With the high rumor recorded was on Up-play, 44% rumors recorded, preventions with 12%, others 12% and cure 8%, partner/government response towards COVID-19 was 8% and lastly symptoms 4% and the community Down-play on the virus with 4%.

d) Covid-19 Response by Oxfam IBIS
With funding from Oxfam IBIS in July 2020, we intervened in the fight against COvid-19. I CAN South Sudan Covid-19 Project is a quick intervention supported by Oxfam IBIS to reach out to Biddi-biddi Zone 1 and distribute face mask to refugees for protection, reusable sanitary pads to reduce on the growing cases of early pregnancy as a result of Covid-19, additional food ration to Child Headed families and unaccompanied minors, encouraging messages on radios to the community and have home to home visit to children to listen to their plight and encourage them

• To distribute face mask to refugees and other personal protective equipment for health safety
• To support the child headed families with food
• To give sanitary pads to girls

From 31/07/2020-04/08/2020 we started distribution of face mask. The masks were given to each village leader, who identified and mobilize the beneficiaries to which these masks were given. On distribution day, I CAN staff were present to give some guidance and message on Child rights and protection during this pandemic and to demonstrate how to put on the face mask, how to keep the face mask clean and safe. Face Mask that were given to the community across the villages were 1189 of which the face masks were 1189 out of which 603 beneficiaries were women and 589 were male. 150 of the face masks were given to the church, 100 to the transporters for their passengers and 71 to the I CAN Children.

• We distributed 1,500 facemask to the community leaders, the women and children for protection against Covid-19
• The distribution of sanitary pads to vulnerable girls helped them in reducing the risk of early marriage and early pregnancy
• Our support to the child headed families rescued the children from starvation and gave them a substitute of food
• We visited children at home and provide the families with counseling and how to prevent child abuse cases

• As a non-food distributing partner, we face lots of challenges and question from OPM on the distribution of food. They preferred that we donate the food to WFP to give to our target beneficiaries. However, after OPM came to see and test the food we procured, they gave us a go ahead to distribute the food. Big number of child headed families still need support as they are not able to rely on the reduced ration given by WFP
• Weather: The project implementation falls in a period when it’s raining heavily in the settlement and this delayed and disturbed our implementation plan.
• Transport: Movement of staff to all the villages was difficult since we don’t have a vehicle or any other means of transport and the cost of Boda boda to reach out to the 14 villages of Bidibidi was challenging.
• Insufficient sum of the food, face mask, and sanitary pads which made the community to complain and yearn for more.
• There is a need to strengthen the local refugee justice system to be able to handle issues of child abuse, early marriage and pregnancy happening in the community.
• There is a need to supplement the food ration for specifically child headed families to save children from starvation.
• There is a need for a massive community awareness on birth control, family planning, and the rights of children to minimize child abuse, early child marriage, child negligence and sexual exploitation of women.
• There is a need to develop and streamline reporting mechanisms where refugees can timely and efficiently report issues of child abuse, forced marriage, teenager pregnancy and GBV to other partners, I CAN South Sudan and other relevant authorities.
• There is a need to train refugee-based peer educators who will be educating, sensitizing, and monitoring and reporting child abuses cases in the community.
• There is need to sensitize the community on degradation and preservation of environment and how to make good use of firewood

e) Covid-19 Response by Oxfam America
I CAN South Sudan Covid-19 Response (OSF) is a refugee reliance program that aims at providing mass Covid-19 awareness and sensitization through music, door-to-door outreach, provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to both refugee and host community members and install hand washing equipment in candidate schools and other public places. The program also aims at tracking community perception towards COVID-19 to allow accurate policy formulation and decision making by I CAN South Sudan and other partners. Using proactive slant, as a trusted local Child Protection partner operating in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, I CAN South Sudan is standing with other health and protection partners in the settlement, including the government of Uganda, the private sector, educational institutions, community organizations, community structures and young people to halt and control the spread and transmission of COVID-19 among the refugee communities in Northern Uganda. We are also open to new and long tern partnerships to address the urgent needs in this crisis. Our COVID-19 Response Program has enabled educational institutions, places of worship and communities in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement to withstand and respond to the short-term impacts of this pandemic, while strengthening their resilience in the long-run. By doing so, I CAN South Sudan has enabled refugee and host communities to stay united, alert and to be at the forefront of reigniting their academic, social, and economies.

Stakeholder engagements
On 12th October 2020, we held a meeting with the Assistant Settlement Commandant Focal Person for Humanitarian Agencies, Mr. Christopher Angualia (+256779879244), at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to discuss project implementation and the target beneficiaries. In the meeting, the Assistant Settlement commandant advised us to also target some section of beneficiaries in the host community, specifically the resuming candidate class and some publics and worship places in the host community. He however referred us to Fin Church Aid, the leading partner overseeing and managing education sector in Zone 1 to determine the accurate and latest statistics of primary seven, senior four and senior six candidates, number of candidate teachers and supporting staff resuming for a successful strategic plan, distribution of facemasks and installation of hand washing facilities in different schools within Zone 1. This meeting was conducted at the Office of the Prime Minister in base- Camp.
14th October 2020, our project officer responsible for the implementation of this particular project held a telephone meeting with the Education Officer of Fin Church Aid, Mr. Wilfred Saka, (Wilfred.Saka@kirkonulkomaanapu.fi) to determine the number of schools operating, candidates, teachers and none supporting staff.
On 16th October 2020, we embarked on meeting heads of six primary schools and two secondary schools including two from the host communities to assess the Standard Operating Procedures and installation of Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE) that have been established to ensure that leaners, teachers and supporting staffs are safe from contracting or spreading corona virus. We learnt that all schools within the settlement have formed COVID-19 Task Force that comprised of teachers representative, parent representative and RWC representatives. Each individual school has also established isolation rooms for both the learners and staff, but lacking equipment.

On 13th October 2020, we started the procurement Personal Protective Equipment and other necessary project items including 1,500 facemasks, ninety (90) cartons of bar soap, seventy one (71) Hand Washing Facilities (150 litter bucket), digital printer for the office, temperature gun and three (3) litters of hand sanitizers. Ten (10) branded reflector jackets for the Village Health Workers, two (2) official jackets for I CAN South Sudan Public Relations Team, eleven (11) office name tags, customized laptop bags for both staff in Uganda and South Sudan, customized pens, office file holders and internet subscription.

Door to door COVID -19 awareness
On 15th October 2020, we flagged off ten Village Health Workers and two I CAN South Sudan Field Supervisors to conduct 30 days door-to-door COVID-19 awareness across eight villages and the nearby villages of host communities. This was done after orientation on what they are obliged to do within the thirty days. The Village Health Team was selected by the Refugee Welfare Councilors (RWCs) to conduct the massive awareness. https://www.facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1812941158874940/

From 21th October 2020 to 20th November 2020 carried out massive COVID-19 awareness to the community in Bidibidi, using illustrated printed copies of preventive measures in four different languages to help the community stay vigilant and promote the Standard Operating Procedures at all times. We have covered 1,633 households including 28 households for the host communities around Zone 1, reaching 5417 male and 4247 female. https://www.facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1821954087973647/

Distribution of Personal Protective Equipment
Starting from 22th October 2020 to 30th October 2020, we distributed 1500 reusable facemasks, 620 bars of soap and 90 hand washing facilities to primary seven candidates at six primary schools, senior four and six candidates at two secondary schools in Zone 1. The facemasks were given to both leaners, teachers and supporting staff that have resumed classes. The masks were also given to the village health team, I CAN South Sudan personnel, Secretaries for women affairs, waiters and waitress of Ebenezer Global Hub and I CAN Children. Whereas, hand washing facilities were installed at candidate schools, churches, mosques, police station and markets.
https://www.facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1820863674749355/ https://www.facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1819458188223237/


Tambura Coordination office
With support from Grace Wenepai Enosa we distributed bars of soap to the disadvantaged children in Tambura County. Every child was given one bar of soap to help them wash their hands at home to protect against Covid-19. https://www.facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1626025074233217/ 

• To make available the protective items like soap for immediate use by the children and families
• To provide protection to families against Covid-19
• To promote hygiene at family level

Vulnerable children and women were identified with the help of community leaders and church and they were given bars of soap for hand washing plus sugar

• We were able to serve 50 children in Tambura County
• This provided protection to most vulnerable families against Covid-19

The community at the moment of distribution were in serious lockdown and many reserved the soap for washing clothes rather than hand washing but we had to follow up with the families and emphasized with them to establish a hand washing practice at home

There is need to provide hand washing facilities to every households if the hand washing culture has to be maintained

We carried mass awareness campaign on the streets and roads using loud speakers to disseminate recorded messages and songs in the local languages sensitizing the communities against the risks of corona infection and the preventive measures.

Door to door Awareness
We carried door to door awareness campaign in the villages to sensitize the community on the dangers of covid 19 and the methods that they can use to protect themselves.

We started the awareness campaign in the County Administrative Headquarters and moved to the roads and market places using loud speakers and megaphone to disseminate recorded messages and songs in the local languages sensitizing the communities against the risks of corona infection and the preventive measures.

• To inform the community about the Covid-19 pandemic
• To fight against the myth in the community about the pandemic
• To encourage the community to observe the standard operation standard and protect themselves from the disease

Many community still doubt the existence of Covid-19 and have lots of myth and believes that needs closer attention.
The community believes more in the local herbs for cure of the disease in case it reaches them

There is need for more intensive awareness to the community and installation of hand washing facility at every households, market places and public places.
Door to door Awareness
We carried door to door awareness campaign in the villages to sensitize the community on the dangers of covid 19 and the methods that they can use to protect themselves.

Yambio Coordination Office
With support from Grace Wenepai Enosa, in Yambio we distributed Soap in response to Covid-19 Pandemic, I CAN South Sudan with help from Grace Wenepai Enosa distributed soap to vulnerable children in Yambio selected with the help of the community chiefdom around Duduma Residential Area. https://www.facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1626383640864027/ 

• To make available the protective items like soap for immediate use by the children and families
• To provide protection to families against Covid-19
• To promote hygiene at family level

Vulnerable children were identified with the help of the community leaders, the staff of I CAN went on to scrutinize families from where these children stay and came up with list of 30 of the most vulnerable children in the community and supported them with soap

• We were able to serve 30 children in Yambio Duduma Area.
• This provided protection to most vulnerable families against Covid-19

The community at the moment of distribution were in serious lockdown and many reserved the soap for washing clothes rather than hand washing but we had to follow up with the families and emphasized with them to establish a hand washing practice at home

There is need for more community awareness on covid-19 and to provide hand washing facilities to every households if the hand washing culture has to be maintained

Ibba Coordination Office
In Ibba we distributed Soap in response to Covid-19 Pandemic, I CAN South Sudan with help from Grace Wenepai Enosa distributed soap to vulnerable children in Yambio selected with the help of the community chiefdom around Duduma Residential Area. https://www.facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1708205682681822/ 

• To make available the protective items like soap for immediate use by the children and families
• To provide protection to families against Covid-19
• To promote hygiene at family level

Vulnerable children were identified with the help of the community leaders, the staff of I CAN went on to scrutinize families from where these children stay and came up with list of 30 of the most vulnerable children in the community and supported them with soap

• We were able to serve 30 children in Yambio Duduma Area.
• This provided protection to most vulnerable families against Covid-19

The community at the moment of distribution were in serious lockdown and many reserved the soap for washing clothes rather than hand washing but we had to follow up with the families and emphasized with them to establish a hand washing practice at home
There is need for more community awareness on covid-19 and to provide hand washing facilities to every households if the hand washing culture has to be maintained

Juba Coordination Office
In Juba we distributed Soap in response to Covid-19 Pandemic, I CAN South Sudan with help from Grace Wenepai Enosa distributed soap to vulnerable children in Juba selected with the help of the community and our staff https://www.facebook.com/1049340371901693/posts/1701055396730184/ 

• To make available the protective items like soap for immediate use by the children and families
• To provide protection to families against Covid-19
• To promote hygiene at family level

Vulnerable children were identified with the help of the community and the staff of I CAN went on to scrutinize families from where these children stay and came up with list of 30 of the most vulnerable children in the community and supported them with soap

• We were able to serve 120 children in Juba
• This provided protection to most vulnerable families against Covid-19

The community at the moment of distribution were in serious lockdown and many reserved the soap for washing clothes rather than hand washing but we had to follow up with the families and emphasized with them to establish a hand washing practice at home

There is need for more community awareness on covid-19 and to provide hand washing facilities to every households if the hand washing culture has to be maintained

Organization SWOT Analysis
The following section of the strategy provides a summary of I CAN South Sudan’s internal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities for as well as perceived threats with regard to resource mobilization. . The success of this Resource Mobilization Strategy will largely depend on I CAN South Sudan’s ability to consolidate its strengths, overcome its internal weaknesses, take advantage of emerging opportunities and have strategies for overcoming some of the identified threats and those that will emerge in the course of implementing this Resource Mobilization Strategy.

SWOT Analysis

Dimensions Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats Comments
1.Staff involvement: The organization has few competent staff in Resource mobilization I CAN South Sudan staff are not skilled enough in Resource mobilization Recruit more qualified staff with skills and competency New staff will need more training and orientation on the original vision of I CAN South Sudan More capacity building required for the staff and some key positions advertised to get competent staff

2.Legal status: The organization is legally registered as a CBO with the district community service office. Registration number RMG/000387 The organization has not is not registered with the NGO Forum Bureau and upgraded into a National Organization The organization has got the legal documents and requirements to register the organization with NGO Bureau The financial constraints of the organization to complete the process The Organization has to embark immediately on the registration with the NGO Bureaus

3.Organization background: I CAN Sudan has a defined vision and mission statements and core values. The Vision and Mission are not well strategized to our strategic plan To define the Vision and Mission and develop a strategic Plan for the organization Limited knowledge in developing the strategic plan Start on defining the mission, goal and vision of the organization and develop a 5 years Strategic plan

4.Sources of funding: The organization has a number of resource partners that include: Misereor Germany
Oxfam IBIS,
Caritas Austria The organization does not have competent staff who can engage more in resource Mobilization Use the Resource Mobilization plan to guide the Mobilization Only the Executive Director doing all the Mobilization I CAN will work hard to bring in more funding partners

5.Accountability: The organization has good working relationship with donors/resource partners characterized by timely reporting, proper accountability and transparency e.g. audit and compliance The organization does not have updated tools and equipment for accountability Get Accounting systems and seeking training in them Few Computers available and staff low knowledge in computer Literacy Build the Capacity of the financial sector

6.Documentation: The organization has update reports e.g. annual, quarterly, monthly program and financial reports
It has functional systems in place such as governance and operation policies, M&E frameworks The policies are mainly adopted and needs internal review to incorporate to the daily work The availability of the board to review the policies Many Board Members are outside Uganda and hence having a collective decision is difficult and costly Engage the Board to review all policies and approve them

7.Communication and marketing: The organization has a functional and effective communication and marketing strategy with the community, donors, and other stakeholders. This includes social media platforms, feedback mechanisms such as dialogues and focus group discussions Lack of communication equipment for quality and timely communication Availability of trained and competent staff in the area of Public Relations Lack of Cameras, lights and devices for good communication Empower the Public Relations department to acquire all necessary equipment for its effective work

8.Organization website: The organization has updated website uses social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and SoundCloud to interact with its constituents and the wider community. The website is not regularly updated due to lack of device for its management Availability of competent staff in Public Relations department Lack of phones and cameras for quality pictures and constant update of the organization website and social media platform Empower the Public Relations department to acquire all necessary equipment for its effective work

9.Fundraising strategy: There is a functional 3-year fundraising strategy in place. Only the Director is much involved in the resource mobilization Availability of music videos and fan base to attract audience and organize events Lack of fundraising skills and experienced team to head fundraising Mobilize competent staff who can skillfully handle fundraising

10.Competition: The organization is the pioneer community based Organization in Bidibidi Zone 1 and still old the strong image despite the emerging other CBOs The lack of skilled staff continue to limit the organization progress We have established close and beneficial relationship with the community, the leaders and other partners in Zone 1 There is high competition for funding particularly for donor funding There are limited existent funding opportunities

11.Donor confidence: The organization maintains a transparent and mutual relationship with its donors The lake of accounting system and incompetency of staff Continued funding and partner capacity strengthening Limited number of donors and lack of platform to sell our work More efforts in finding more partners to support our work

12.Board Involvement: The Organization has seven Board members who are competent The Board is not involved in Resource Mobilization Getting new board members who are based in Bidibidi or West Nile Region to get involved and support the organization Some Board Members lack smartphones to be connected online where we easily meet Involve the Board in Resource Mobilization

The Organization needs several intervention to achieve greater results and serve more vulnerable people in Bidibidi which includes the following
• Revise all policies of the organization
• Restructure and bring the Board close to the Organization and engage them regularly
• Terminate all Volunteer contract
• Advertise all positions to recruit new competent, expert and knowledgeable staff
• Write a 5 year strategic plan
• Do institutional audit
• Extend our services to Zone 2
• Put up a strong resource mobilization team for wider resource mobilization
• Upgrade the organization into a National Organization in Uganda
• Establish a coordination office in Juba to lead other branches around South Sudan
• Advocate for the children to get education

The development of this strategic plan has been guided by a number of principles, which are summarized below:
  • Our work will be grounded in a rights-based approach.  Rather than pursue our aims via notions of charity, our work will stand as testimony to our belief in the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which defines children’s rights to protection, education, healthcare, shelter, and good nutrition. Thus, at the core of all our work we place critical engagement with the state and other institutions, locally and globally, to ensure the respect, promotion, enforcement, and realization of the rights of children.
  • Our work prioritizes women. We believe in strengthening the capacity of women to take decisions on issues that affect their health, giving them control and access to resources to meet their basic needs, and enhancing their ability to care for children and nurture their well-being.
  • We believe in service without discrimination.  Our work will serve children equally, without consideration of their gender, tribe, social status, or religious belief. Our work aims to respect difference, and serve humanity.
  • We will always act with empathy and mutual respect for our service users. We will be humble, empathetic, and respectful, avoiding the negative impacts of judgmental and stigmatizing conduct.
  • We will build partnerships. We are cognizant of the fact that the care and upbringing of a child needs a collective effort in order to make a meaningful impact. Through our work we will promote and build meaningful partnerships that create synergies capable of enhancing our impact.
Improved living conditions for vulnerable children in Bidibidi with a return and restart perspective in WES

In 1990, Uganda ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). In 2009, South Sudan signed into law the Child Act. This means that both Uganda and South Sudan have an obligation to ensure that all children, regardless of tribe, race, religion, gender, or refugee status, benefit from special protection measures and assistance; have access to services such as education and healthcare; can develop their personalities, abilities and talents to the fullest potential; and are informed about, and participate in, achieving their rights in an accessible and active manner.

Build a robust institutional systems and structures that support effective delivery of services to vulnerable children in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, Uganda and Western Equatoria state, South Sudan

In order for ICSS to achieve our goal, we need to build a strong relationship with the communities in which we work, as well as robust institutional systems and structures that support effective delivery of services
To this end, we seek to develop critical skills within the organization, building a strong body of knowledge through research and networking, and ensuring effective governance and leadership structures at all levels. In particular, strategies for resource mobilization and resource allocation, use and accountability will be developed and followed. This will enable us to develop and run sustainable programs, supported by adequate resources.
The Initiative will be independent of all forms of influence, especially political and tribal/sectarian tendencies, which can derail the objective intentions of the Initiative.

To build a strong, independent, self-sustaining institution we will:
  • Develop knowledge and skills within the organization to address specific issues that affect the children who use our services, in the areas of education, talent growth, culture and heritage, healthcare, and nutrition.
Indicative activities include:
  • Research in the field of child rights, and its practical application to our programs
  • A rights-based approach to child development
  • Prioritization of culture and heritage in our practical activities, particularly music and storytelling
  • Foregrounding gender issues and women’s rights, as a means of improving the lot of children
  • Developing an educational strategy to teach childrens’ rights, including information on HIV/AIDS
  • Policy analysis, enabling us to advocate and lobby for children’s rights
  • Monitoring and evaluation of programs, to ensure constant improvement
  • Institute and strengthen systems, policies, and structures within the Initiative to support the functioning of the secretariat.
Indicative activities:
  • Development of relevant institutional structures, systems, and policies including; a governance manual and constitution, a human resource policy, a human resources strategy on the risks of HIV/AIDS in the workplace, finance procedures, M&E, information security and management and any other activities deemed necessary for the effective functioning of the Initiative.
  • Mobilize adequate resources (human, material, finance) to support the functioning of the Initiative.
Indicative activities
  • Develop a clear and coherent strategy for resource mobilization in the Initiative to guide the processes of fundraising and other resources mobilization activities, targeting local and external resources.
  • Develop effective mechanisms to monitor resources allocation, use, and accountability within the organization.
  • Strengthen the capacity of staff in resource mobilization including fundraising and efficient management of resources.
  • To strengthen systems for monitoring and evaluating our child-focused activities to ensure quality programming and shared learning.
Indicative activities
  • Establishing reflective and sharing fora in the Initiative for program learning and monitoring.
  • Conducting regular monitoring and evaluation activities to measure programme progress and impact.
  • Documenting and sharing best practices in protection, healthcare, and talent growth for wider learning.
  • Building the capacity of the secretariat to collect, analyze, and use data to improve planning and management.
  • Develop a children’s monitoring framework and guidelines to support M&E within the organization.
To build, preserve and promote cultural heritage and develop the talent and skills of vulnerable children for peace, unity and child protection

We will do this by designing and implementing child-focused programs geared at introducing children to their culture and the culture of other communities around them. Our work focuses on using the beauty of cultural diversity to build unity and love among communities. Reviving, preserving, and promoting the different cultural heritage, music, art among children can play a role in peace building, as well as developing the talent and skills of the children. It can also provide valuable opportunities for education on children’s rights, targeted at high-risk groups.
In particular, we will promote protection and social support.

  • Develop and implement strategies for child protection interventions, targeting high-risk groups.
  • Run initiatives on child protection for the general population, developing effective information which will disseminate via communication technologies.
  • Develop and implement innovative community-based approaches to increase the administration and uptake of Protection of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) services and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services,
  • Promote antenatal and food and nutrition services, targeting pregnant mothers and those with young children.
  • Lobby and advocate for best policy frameworks that enhance prevention especially among high risk populations
Social Support
  • Design and implement in initiatives for psycho-social support, targeting children and other disadvantaged groups, specifically women.
  • Support the needs of children with HIV and AIDS through formal, informal and vocational training, and life skills development.
  • Design and implement programs that ensure sustainable that communities and households are financially sustainable and economically empowered;
  • Develop mechanisms for legal protection, and appropriate social and community safety nets, in cases of child-headed households.
  • Support women and other disadvantaged groups affected by war; including lobbying for policies.
  • Promote awareness and practical pursuit of human rights and protection.
To plant seeds of love and peace in the community, empower vulnerable children and single mothers to reach their potential, overcome prejudice to work their way out of poverty and become self-reliant

We will design and implement child-focused programs that nurture children from various tribes, nationalities, and religions without discrimination. The Initiative aims to bring together children from across the tribal and national divides within South Sudan and Uganda. Our objective is to promote peace, a sense of collective belonging, a respect for diversity, and a commitment to non-violence. Our focus is particularly on refugees, Internal Displaced Persons (IDP), and children orphaned by war. Single mothers are a particularly important target for our interventions, as supporting them to be self-reliant can help to create a peaceful family environment for children.
To achieve this, we will:

Promote dialogue
  • Work closely with community leaders, religious leaders, women, youth groups, and other community-based organizations to understand conflicts in the community and to resolve these peacefully, building a commitment to non-violence
  • To create a platform and voice for children to have a say in decision-making, and to advocate for their voice to be heard
  • To support and empower the voices of single mothers, opening male dominance spaces so that they can be heard.
Conflict resolution and transformation  
  • Documenting, referring, and following up on child abuse cases in the community
  • Advocating against child abuse and human rights violation in the community
  • Influencing policy change to safeguard the interests of children
  • Increasing community awareness regarding the law, particularly access to land and conflict mitigation
  • Organize joint community activities, such as concerts, cultural dances, drama, sport
  • Engage children in peaceful ways of managing conflict, increasing their resilience
  • Defending children who come into conflict with the law
C) Integration of returnees and IDP
  • Provide psychosocial support for children who are returnees, IDPs and orphaned by war
  • Empower single mothers to be self-reliant by giving them the entrepreneurship skills and capital to develop small businesses, and other alternative non-aid livelihoods, such as small-scale farming
  • Use music and storytelling to create a child-friendly space for refugee and IDP children to engage in social and musical activities, helping them to process trauma
  • Advocating for the rights of refugees, returnees, and IDP
  • Reuniting children with their families
  • Follow up of the foster care and adoption process
  • Working with the government to ensure that returnees and IDP are enrolled back in school, and that educational qualifications are made equivalent
  • Ensure that returnee and IDP children have access to similar or better healthcare services than in their previous country/town of refuge
ICSS will employ a number of strategies that will support the realization of the identified strategic objectives in institutional terms:
  • Develop a willingness to work together in unity and make challenging decisions and choices concerning the direction and priority areas.
  • Undertake research, documentation, and publication on various child rights issues. Our advocacy and policy influencing work shall be rooted in a research and documentation agenda that provides adequate evidence to support policy change.
  • Develop distinct campaigns, policy influencing strategies, and advocacy activities on child rights issues, centering on particular issues that inhibit the realization of the universal rights of children in both the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, Uganda and Western Equatoria State, South Sudan.
  • Develop capacity in areas such as organizational development (institutional growth). I CAN South Sudan will invest time and money to ensure that both staff and the Board of Directors acquire the skills, attitudes, and values to create an empowering and motivating environment. This will enable us to drive the organization forward, making it more effective and efficient. In particular we will strengthen leadership, promote staff development, strive to attract and retain a motivated work force that is gender balanced, train staff, management and membership on key concepts and practical tools for organizational effectiveness and program delivery, and develop key competencies and skills in programming to ensure that our services are of the highest achievable quality.
  • Build effective partnerships and collaboration with key stakeholders on child-related issues. This will help us to maximize our contribution to child-focused service delivery in the areas where we work.
  • Strengthen our ability to mobilize resources strategically, for effective program delivery. Our income must continue to grow to support our mission. We shall need to diversify our income sources and donors, to deploy a range of fundraising methods and materials, and to maximize our appeal to potential long-term development partners.
The realization of this strategy will depend on the capacity of the organization to acquire, and effectively manage resources. This means mobilizing financial, human, material, and equipment resources to facilitate the implementation of the designed interventions. The cost of implementing the strategy has not been fully calculated; however, the secretariat is in the process of developing annual plans and budgets derived from this strategy. The principle guiding resources allocation and utilization will be value for money, efficiency, and accountability. The various strategies to strengthen the resource mobilization capacities of the Initiative and its governance have been outlined above.
Some of the envisaged resource needs for initiative implementation are;
  • Funds for the Governing council;
  • Human capital/manpower and human resource expertise to manage it
  • Financial expertise
  • Communication technologies and information dissemination (IT hardware and software, including phones)
  • Transport (cars, motorcycles, bicycles)
  • Office equipment
  •  Cultural capital, from the surrounding community
  • A training budget for skills development
  • Research funding
  • Policy development funding
  • Educational skills funding
  • Music Skills funding
In order to manage the development results of implementing this strategy, the Initiative needs clear a clear M&E system. The M&E system will help to ensure that evidence-based planning and decision-making is mainstreamed in the Initiative’s work. We will need to develop effective systems of data collection, reporting, and review and thereby facilitate the use of monitoring and evaluation information in our programming, implementation and resource allocation.

The organization is mandated to monitor and evaluate its work in responses to children’s rights issues and to have a database detailing particular intervention. In addition to providing information for tracking progress and evaluating the progress and impact of the responses, the M&E system coordinated by the Initiative secretariat will provide:
  • A coherent and all-encompassing framework to collect, collate, and interpret data to monitor and evaluate the effects of the interventions under this strategic plan
  • Well-coordinated and standardized tools and indicators to measure efforts towards attaining the strategic plan goals in the areas of prevention, mitigation and care
  • A Plan to enhance the sharing and utilization of information by staff at various levels for effective program implementation;
  • A platform for partnership, networking, and collaboration between national-level and local-level stakeholders in monitoring and evaluating child rights responses
Indicative activities
  • Develop a coordinated Initiative child rights M&E system and management system;
  • Build the capacity of staff to collect and use data
  • Promote the utilization of M&E data to plan future child rights intervention
  • Monitor the effectiveness of our programs, identifying successful interventions or “best practices”
  • Provide an information base for timely reporting.
  • Support baseline data gathering for child rights indicators, where no data is currently being collected.
  • Establish/institute regular reflection and sharing fora in the organization for programme learning and monitoring.
The following key stakeholders were identified to be working in West Nile Sub region on fight for children rights. Close collaboration with them puts the Initiative in better position to access support to improve on its service delivery mechanism. They are; UNICEF, UN WOMEN, Political leadership, Religious Institutions, Local government, UWESO, Education Institution, Reproductive Health Uganda, Hospitals, Uganda Child rights NGO Network (UCRNN), Other Non-governmental organizations working on protection of child rights. The others are categorized under the table below.
What they expect from the relationshipWhat is their interest in the relationshipWhat is their potential to the relationship
DonorsAddressing   the
Interests and rights of Children
Common            goal commitment
Financial       Support, Technical Support, etc
Government structuresThe promotion of
And protection of children rights
Peace and stability,
justice, equality, etc
Administrative Support,
Facilitation, Information, Policy
NGOsThe promotion of children interests and their empowerment.Common     goal, commitment, etc.Information networking,
sharing resource
Legal InstitutionsTo        ensure that
justice for children rights is attained
Concern for justiceLegal support
Community-based OrganizationsPeace, security and belongingness are secured among community
Resources sharing, expertise,Reaching the grassroots levels, mobilizing the community, mobilizing local resources, etc
Religious OrganizationsThe safety and wellbeing of their followers and the society at largeResources sharing, expertise,Mobilizing     the community, Organizing educational Initiatives, etc
Women’s AssociationsThe promotion of the rights and interest of childrenThe wellbeing of children,Networking, working jointly to a common end, technical        and administrative backup,
Professional AssociationsStandard, effective and efficient work.The wellbeing of society.Facilitating educational Initiatives, information sharing,         resources
sharing, etc,

Improved living conditions for vulnerable children in Bidibidi with a return and restart perspective in WES
Strategic objectiveCore actions/objectivesIndicative activitiesExpected outcomesSuccess Indicators
To build a united, effective, self-sustaining and independent organization that is capable       of addressing child rights issues.Develop knowledge and skills among staffs to address Child rights in areas of protection, health care and social support.Skills building in:
Child protection, health care and social support amongst.
Research and documentation in Child rights.
Gender and women’s rights in relation to Child rights
Children’s rights and HIV/AIDS
Policy analysis and influencing, advocacy and lobbying for child rights
Monitoring and evaluation of child rights Interventions and networking etc.
    Improved quality of child rights interventions
Staff capacity to design and implement child rights interventions strengthened
Capacity to carry out advocacy and policy influencing enhanced
Capacity to mainstream rights issues, gender strengthened
Evidence based advocacy
Child rights interventions are rights and gender focused
Advocacy process and strategies in place
Monitoring and evaluation framework available
Quality of HIV/AIDS interventions
To support staff and stakeholders to effectively implement child rights interventions.Contribute to supporting staff and stakeholders to mitigate social economic effects of Child rights.Provision of psychosocial support to child rights groups
Provision of formal and informal education, vocational and life skills development for children IDPs, PWD, refugees and other disadvantaged groups;
Ensuring sustainable community and household livelihood and economic empowerment;
Ensuring access to services that meet basic social needs for children , PWD, IDPs, women, girls and other disadvantaged groups that are in the same class as child rights organizations.
Ensure legal and appropriate social and community safety nets to benefit children headed family households.
Ensuring sensitization and awareness creation on human rights and protection mechanisms;
Ensuring provision of the non-tuition costs and essential
Reduction in stigma and discrimination
Enhanced livelihoods wellbeing and economic empowerment of children.
Development of favorable policies and laws related to child rights and those affected
Favorable policies in place
Participatory monitoring of child rights intervention systems and practices
Evidence of the affected accessing legal and human rights services
Evidence of the targets accessing support services
Longer-term impacts on stability and peaceful co-existence of people in their communities.Develop community peace structures, have them disseminated to the community leaders and staff. Addressing the root causes of violent conflict;
Addressing socioeconomic inequality;
Creating spaces for change;
Empowering people with the means and space to develop their own solutions to conflict;
Building trust, dialogue and reconciliation;
Creating a culture of peace;
Anchoring global policies in local realities;
Meeting human security needs – from water to physical security.
Violent conflict root causes addressed.
Socioeconomic inequality is addressed.
People empowered with means to develop their own solutions to conflict.

The 2021 – 2025 plan calls for focus on areas where I CAN SOUTH SUDAN has a clear comparative advantage and the ability to make a difference.  Therefore, it recommends that all country development strategies include activities in:
  • Child Protection.
  • Music Art, culture and Heritage. Child talent development.
  • Peace Building.
  • Health care and Nutrition for the children.
Within each priority area, I CAN SOUTH SUDAN has identified a set of distinct but inter-related objectives.  I CAN SOUTH SUDAN will continue to explore the relationship and inter dependencies between its priority areas of programming in order to ensure effective use of resources and achievement of balanced outcomes.  In addition, the plan has also established basic education (with emphasis on girls’ education, emergency response and humanitarian assistance, enterprise development/microfinance and natural resources management (including environment and climate change) as “Targets of Opportunity” in which I CAN SOUTH SUDAN may establish programs when necessary or expedient, in response to specific or priority development needs.

Child Protection.
I CAN SSD works in very volatile and fragile area of Uganda and South Sudan. Our work involves working with more especially the refugees, host communities, returnees, IDPs. We have witnessed gross abuse of children rights in the society. Children aren’t given any attention when it comes to fighting and are heavily affected by family domestic violence, physical emotional, sexual abuse. This has led to gross neglect of children, child defilement, Child soldier, parents denying pregnancy, child battering and even death.
With this program being one of our key activity, we are putting in place interventions to see to it that the rights of children are ensured and their wellbeing improve.
Key activities will include:
  • Reducing Risks (or preventing abuse); Making children‘s rights a reality (or child rights); Restoring hope and a dignified living (or well-being); Creating an enabling environment (or protective environment).
  • Documenting grave abuses against children (such as killings, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment) committed by parties in the conflict and police; advocating for the release of children in armed groups and national armed force, referring children who escape to appropriated support resources, referring victims to medical and legal support services where they exist.
  • Visiting police and prisons regularly to document the presence of children, seeking the release of those arbitrarily detained.
  • Monitoring how the laws are being applied in South Sudan and Uganda and advocating for better child protection legislation and structures.
  • Raising awareness of the risks of exploitation of children in the electoral process and developing sensitization work on this issue.
Music, Art, culture and Heritage.
In our attempt to develop Children talent, revive and preserve culture among children and keep the children in touch with their identity and culture, I CAN SOUTH SUDAN has been engaging children in music, art and cultural activities since our inception. The children we support are taken through various forms of Music and art hinged on their respective cultures and heritage. This ensures that children are introduced to their culture, children’s minds are shifted away from trauma and suffering they go through.
Key Activities include.
  • Weekly Arts & Health learning for children in selected arts, with a professional artist, an intern artist, or a senior worker.
  • Drawing, painting, and craft opportunities for the children. Take a drawing or painting course, learn to knit or crochet, watch artists at work and apply appropriately.
  • Children join the choir, learn how to play different musical instruments. Have a professional trainer to train them in Music, Dance and Drama and also how to use modern musical instruments.
  • Children learn poetry, by a professional poet. Learn poetry and stories in their local languages and other international languages.
  • Children learn about making pottery and working with ceramics. Give them pottery courses, and how to make various types of ceramics.
  • Children record music and collaborate with different other children singers in the region of East Africa
  • Children are engaged in training of various cultural dances and practices and the cultures are promoted through cultural Gala/Culture beauty exhibition
Peace Building
Peace Building programs have been one of our flagship activity. Since inception, most of our activities have been around peace building in refugee settlement in Uganda and in South Sudan’s particularly in Western Equatoria State.
Peace is prominently included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) No.16, and is the focus of major new international policies. The recent flagship document Pathways to Peace, produced jointly by the United Nations (UN) and the World Bank, calls for ‘a shift away from managing and responding to crises and toward preventing conflict. This reflects commitments made by many other international organizations, including major aid donors, and the recognition that achieving all the SDGs depends on achieving peace.

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere:
Less homicides, conflict-related deaths, people subjected to physical, psychological or sexual violence, and more people that feel safe walking alone where they live.
Key activities include:
  • Addressing the root causes of violent conflict;
  • Addressing socioeconomic inequality;
  • Creating spaces for change;
  • Empowering people with the means and space to develop their own solutions to conflict;
  • Building trust, dialogue and reconciliation;
  • Creating a culture of peace;
  • Anchoring global policies in local realities;
  • Meeting human security needs – from water to physical security.
Resources Required:
The general resources required to achieve these objectives will include:
  • Workshops and training to scale up technical expertise in BCC techniques, proposal writing, and Monitoring and Evaluation.  ICSS staff will complete a Health/HIV program capacity survey, from which they will schedule a series of  local trainings and strategy sessions to competently and strategically harness all in-house skills for successful proposal development;
  • Local and national level meetings of key  staff to provide in-service training in technical areas of need, monitoring and evaluation, and to share best practices; 
  • It is understood that in order to carry out the foregoing and to remain competitive, and to support research and publication, unrestricted funds will be require.  It may also be possible to earmark 5-10% of all proposal funds to research, evaluation and project documentation.
External Factors Influencing Our Work:
An extremely competitive employment environment in this sector often leads us to lose key local staff. It is imperative to review staff satisfaction and find ways to give them incentives and to retain them - through training, staff development, and other opportunities.
Cross-cutting themes:
In terms of skills transfer and capacity building, most donors has clearly stated the desire to transition towards funding more local CBOs versus INGOs as direct implementers. I CAN SOUTH SUDAN will use this opportunity to build leadership recognition for the ability to fully engage national government in program implementation and the ability to engage the community at varied levels in program development and implementation. With regard to the environment, ICSS will work to identify and address the most pressing challenges resulting from global warming as they relate to malnutrition, malaria, water-borne diseases, etc. We have the opportunity to develop innovative health projects that are both eco-friendly and sustainable, such as solar water disinfection or flash heating campaigns to destroy HIV in breast milk while retaining important nutrients of the milk, as examples.

Health care and nutrition for the children.
I CAN SOUTH SUDAN has over the years been involved in this key activity of providing resources for the children’s health care, and nutrition especially for the vulnerable children. We have attained the required training and expertise to cover the full range of priority health issues confronting the children. These include HIV/AIDS among the children, maternal and child health, malaria in children, child survival especially feeding, and tuberculosis in children.
Priority Areas:
Under I CAN SOUTH SUDAN’s new strategy, we will focus on developing and refining successful models to be adapted by other likeminded local organizations. ICSS will also continue to build the capacity of its staff and BOD to address key health issues in the communities using effective strategic models.  Priorities will include: 
  • Strengthening HIV/AIDS programs to include prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) and pediatric AIDS treatment but majorly focusing on children;
  • Integrating HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria treatment among children into existing programs;
  • Piloting effective outreach strategies to most at-risk People (MARP) for HIV/AIDS prevention services especially among pregnant mothers and child children.
  • Expanding Malaria and TB projects with cutting edge interventions;
  • Pursuing new funding for Child Survival related activities;
  • Playing a more active role in the design and implementation of Child protection projects;
  • Increasing capacity building of local our stakeholders to carry out services, with particular focus on groups serving orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).
  • Integrating advocacy for policy change in program design if needed;
  • Budgeting for commodities such us Insect side Treated Nets (ITNs), Antiretroviral therapy (ART), etc.
  • Prioritizing monitoring and evaluation, and impact research with a view to improve programs;
  • Compiling, publishing and presenting technical papers based on I CAN SOUTH SUDAN’s program innovations and evidence-based effective best practices.
To effectively carry out these program priorities, attention shall be paid to the following organizational implications and possible needs. 
  • To meet newly defined program priorities, especially in the areas of Health and nutrition I CAN SOUTH SUDAN may need to engage technical staff with expertise in these areas to assist in developing and advancing these initiatives.  Resources are needed to engage with the Ministry of Health whose primary responsibility would be to focus on designing and accessing resources for Health programs.  Given the current global Covid-19 crisis, perhaps donors could be approached to provide resources for the establishment of this position.
  • Given the intense competition for donor funds, I CAN SOUTH SUDAN will need to invest in developing more in-house capacity for business development – seeking timely intelligence on forthcoming Request For Applications (RFA) and assisting in establishing appropriate partnerships with other organizations to effectively compete; proposal writing and editing; research and publication; as well as improved documentation/monitoring and evaluation.
As a result of the strategic planning process, including discussions at head office and the staff/board retreat in Arua in 2020, two principle operational priorities were established, including: i) finance and branding; and ii) management services/MIS. It was further agreed that Human Resources fosters partnerships with other organizational entities to attract, develop and retain a highly qualified, diverse workforce; and creates a culture that promotes excellence throughout the organization. HR thus is an important corollary to achieving all Strategic Plan objectives.

a) Finance and Branding.
Critical to the overall financial success of I CAN SOUTH SUDAN is an overarching, private philanthropy development and marketing plan that will increase unrestricted revenue, offer restricted revenue to those donors seeking a more fundamental partnership relationship and build a true, donor defined endowment. This endowment will provide unrestricted funding for operations through a specified spending policy that provides growth as well as current use monies. Such a plan will require a paradigm shift away from government/private restricted financing towards a broader private donor base, moving from 90:10 restricted/unrestricted ratio to a 75:25 restricted/ unrestricted ratio by 2025. Field project funding will also continue to see growth on an annual basis, reaching about $ 500,000 (from $32,000) by 2025.

I CAN SOUTH SUDAN seeks to be the preeminent development organization focused solely on Child affairs; Reaching our 2025 goals requires raising the profile of I CAN SOUTH SUDAN through known and new audiences. This requires aggressive new media and traditional media outlets, and marketing campaigns. New branding will provide a single look, consistency in material and message, and a connection to the field through website personalization and field products to build success.
Building on clear branding, a well-targeted communications strategy, and careful donor cultivation, I CAN SOUTH SUDAN will embark on a capital campaign in 2021 to build a Child Development Center (CDC).

Management Services/MIS
Management Services endeavors to regularly ensure that it provides office and field offices with timely and accurate support through approvals for procurements, travel authorizations and settlements; updated policies and procedures; and improved facilities maintenance, management and expansion as warranted.

Priority areas for the strategic planning period include to:
• complete updating of the policies and procedures manual;
• reduce turnaround time for service requests;
• establish facilities maintenance procedures;

MIS objectives include an ongoing basis to, develop a plan to ensure that modern technology is available to facilitate: voice and data communications; standard protocols for archiving; teleconferencing; system security; and to ensure effective hardware/software maintenance; equipment replacement and upgrades are provided as required. Emphasis is also placed on maintaining a standard field financial platform and a functional intranet.
Priority activities will include:
  • working with Development and Marketing to secure complete or partial grant funding to find a standard financial software package for the field, install it, and provide training;
  • writing standard IT protocols to ensure consistent and reliable data back-ups, recovery plans, security and maintenance;
  • establishing an intranet platform for sharing policies, procedures, forms and other information essential to running the business; and
  • Working with Management Services to ensure reliable voice and data communications between I CAN SOUTH SUDAN and stakeholders.
Human Resources
In keeping with its mandate to attract, develop and retain highly qualified staff, and to create a culture of organizational excellence. HR has the following strategic objectives under the plan period:
  • to develop people to be their best in order to meet the needs of I CAN SOUTH SUDAN by:
  • building and maintaining an effective overall performance management system;
  • providing appropriate and timely training to meet the needs of customers and demands of the organization;
  • providing organizational development services that will facilitate change and continuous improvement in the organization;
  • to align the best management and total compensation philosophy to attract and retain the most qualified employees by:
  • maintaining a current total compensation and classification process to effectively attract and maintain employees; and
  • evaluating and addressing employee retention issues;
  • to continue to improve the quality of the work culture by:
  • recognizing and rewarding individual and team talents and contributions;
  • Identifying, developing and implementing policies and procedures, intervention, and training to improve the quality of work life and the “culture” of the organization.

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Children's Music Network is a 501(c)(3) made up of musicians, teachers, librarians, therapists, parents and children who celebrate community and the positive power of music in the lives of children is organizing a Benefit Concert featuring Latin Grammy award winning artist Mister G to support our charity and hence we all calling on all well wishers to join this effort in raising funds to support the unaccompanied South Sudan Children under our program. Read more about the fundraising concert below Latin GRAMMY® award-winning artist MISTER G donates a concert for the benefit of young refugees in Uganda! Concert: 6:30 to 7:30 PM Ben Gundersheimer (MISTER G) is a Latin GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, author, activist, and educator. Hailed as “a bilingual rock star” by the Washington Post, he tours internationally playing everywhere from Lollapalooza and Lincoln Center to climate change rallies on Capitol Hill. His spirited bilingual performances aim to help children see each other across borders and foster cross-cultural connections. MISTER G is donating this program for the benefit of child refugees who fled the wars in South Sudan and arrived unaccompanied at Camp Bidibidi, Uganda, the second largest refugee camp in the world. Stephen Wandu Bimo, Executive Director of I Can South Sudan, uses music and art at the camp to help children from different tribes learn to work together in peace and heal the wounds caused by their traumatic journeys. Song Swap 7:45 to 9 PM Following MISTER G's fabulous concert all are invited to a traditional Children's Music Network Song Swap. CMN members, their guests, and any audience members who wish to stay will be invited to take the mic and share a song about saving the environment, sharing resources, and immigration. Children's Music Network The Children's Music Network is a 501(c)(3) made up of musicians, teachers, librarians, therapists, parents and children who celebrate community and the positive power of music in the lives of children. Can't make the concert? Please consider clicking CMM Donation and making your tax deductible donation directly to The Children's Music Network. CMN will forward the donation to I Can South Sudan. Please type "I Can South Sudan" by "other." THANK YOU! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-concert-with-latin-grammy-winner-mister-g-tickets-61753190455 click the link for full information #childrensmusic.org #MISTERG!

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