I CAN SOUTH SUDAN

I CAN Children

Yes we can!

About I CAN South Sudan


How do you begin to heal a war-torn community?
I CAN South Sudan is a registered, Refugee-Led Community-Based Organization (CBO) operating in the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, Yumbe District, Northern Uganda.
We use social and musical education to help a particularly vulnerable group: unaccompanied refugee children.
Our aim is three-folds:
  • To give these children meaning, purpose and hope in their lives
  • To develop their skills and talents for the future
  • To provide them with a voice to express their trauma and their desire for peace.
We use musical coaching with an emphasis on group work to build the childrens’ confidence and to create friendships across the tribal divide that led to the South Sudanese civil war. Storytelling and song are important elements in South Sudanese culture, so the musical program focuses on the preservation of traditional stories, songs, and musical traditions. This provides the children with a link to their own culture, and preserves a sense of normality: South Sudanese evenings often involve children learning songs and stories. By teaching across the usual boundaries of tribal culture, the aim is to support Peace-Building efforts, fostering understanding and empathy across a cultural divide.

I CAN was founded in 2017 by refugee youths Stephen Wandu Bimo, Seme Ludanga Faustino, and Kyobutungi Angela. It was initially funded with a Good Will support grant from Misereor Germany, which enabled us to help 20 children over 6 months. We have since developed our program and are now helping 100 children a year in Refugee Settlement in Uganda.

With the ongoing implementation of Revitalized Peace Agreement in South Sudan, I CAN South Sudan has registered in South Sudan as a National None Governmental Organization (NNGO) and has expanded its work to Juba, Tambura, Yambio and Ibba in South Sudan with the aim of reaching out to children and single mothers orphaned and affected by the recent civil war, to heal them of trauma and to support the integration of returnees into the community. We are in process to establish our services in other states across South Sudan.

I CAN South Sudan is working in Uganda under the Department of Child Protection OPM (Office of the Prime Minister Refugee Desk) Bidibidi. I CAN South Sudan is working in Uganda in Partnership with Misereor Germany and Oxfam

I CAN South Sudan is a member of Children Music Network in USA, Member of West Nile Humanitarian Platform and Member of Network of South Sudan Civil Society Organizations in Uganda.

In South Sudan, I CAN South Sudan is working in partnership with Caritas South Sudan and is a member of Network for Civil Society Organizations (NeCSO’s).

Goal 

To create a favorable environment for the holistic development of children, build unity, love and harmony among Children for a peaceful South Sudan

Values
Team work
Diversity
Honesty
Integrity
Fear of God

Motto: Yes We can!








Management


Karungi Innocent

Deputy Chairperson of Board

Thomas Emmanuel

Financial Advisor

Stephen Wandu Bimo

Executive Director

Seme Ludanga Faustino

Human Resource Manager

Kyobutungi Angela

Financial Manager

Naguya Jovana Clement

Accountant

Moses Sakondo

Public Relations Manager

Isaac Abishai Sokifasi

Program Manager

Malish James

Assistant Public Relations Manager

Gift Friday

Country Representative-South Sudan

Anis Anibie

Assistant Project Coordinator

Mary Monday

Child Protection Officer

Ezibon Saadalla Khamis

ICT & Information Officer

Joseph John Batista

Assistant Project Coordinator-Yambio

Kavuma Amir Khan

Children Music Promoter

James Mopaya Albino

Assistant Project Coordinator-Tambura

Elias Severio Gadia

Assistant Project Coordinator-Ibba

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Strategic Plan



The project is intended to run for five years initially, over three phases. Phase one is currently funded.

Phase One Strategic Plan June 2018-November 2018 (Completed)
  • Identify unaccompanied refugee children with musical talents.  Such talents may include an aptitude for music, as well as existing instrumental skills. I CAN South Sudan together with the refugee communities at Bidibidi Refugee Camp identified and selected the 20 children in a singing audition
  • Provide opportunities for recording the children’s musical and storytelling efforts, in a studio environment.
  • Record (using video) a promotional single written and performed by the children, and distribute this as widely as possible.
  • Develop a YouTube channel and links with local, regional, national, and international broadcasters to showcase the talents of these children and highlight their plight
Project Title for 2019: Children Peace Building Club (CPBC)
Children Peace Building Club is a second project proposal by I CAN South Sudan, a Refugee led Community Based Organization operating in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement with the aim of engaging unaccompanied South Sudan refugee children in social and musical activities so as to heal the children of trauma. We give the children a meaning, sense, purpose and hope for their lives, develop their skills in art and music for the future and give them voice to express their trauma and desire for peace in South Sudan

Created in 2017 by refugee youth trainers and teachers Stephen Wandu Bimo, Seme Ludanga and Kyobutungi Angela a Ugandan by national who have compassion to support refugees, I CAN initially received a Good Will support of Euro 5,000 from Misereor to help 20 children over 6 months. The Charity's program includes musical coaching with the emphasis on group work, building individual confidence and creating links of friendship between the children who come from both sides of the tribal conflict in South Sudan. Children are also taken on 'treat' outings together to put smile on their faces and give them positive experiences outside of the refugee camp

The musical program focuses in part on the preservation of South Sudanese stories, songs, and musical traditions. As refugees in Uganda, the children's schooling teaches them songs and poetry of a different country. While this is potentially a very enriching experience, it is also important that they do not lose contact with the stories and poetry in their own South Sudanese traditions. This is not just about cultural preservation but also about comfort: Storytelling is an important part of South Sudanese culture and children sing songs as they play and gather in the evening to tell stories (known as 'Pature' in Zande culture). Many of these have been passed down for generations. I CAN South Sudan aim to preserve these traditions in an inclusive way so that the children are taught the practices and stories of variety of tribes as peace building efforts

Objectives
  • To build peace among the South Sudan refugee communities in Uganda
  • To instill forgiveness and reconciliation among the warring South Sudan warring tribes in Uganda
  • To heal the unaccompanied South Sudan refugee children, their guardians, widow and widowers of trauma
  • To train and build economic capacity of the vulnerable refugees
  • To develop the talent of children in social and musical art and give them voice to express their desire for peace in South Sudan
Phase two Strategic Plan 2019 
  • Secure funding to extend the project for a further 12 months, and to include a further cohort of 30 children per year, so that a total of 50 children are involved. 
  • Involve unaccompanied Refugee Children in art and drawing activities ( Supported by Pam Donkin www.plantingseedsoflove.com )
  • Construct Children Music Lab and an office (Funded by Misereor Germany)
  • Have a campaign against Child Marriage (Supported by Kids Rights Netherland)
  • Have a Refugee community Sensitization on Child Rights (Funded by Misereor Germany)
  • Recording song Against Hate Speech among Refugee Community (Funded by Peace Tech Lab)
  • Donate basic needs periodically to the children like clothes, washing soap, body cream and other things not provided for by UNHCR (Funded by Misereor Germany)
  • Shoot video for the remaining 5 songs of the first album (To funded by Refugee Law Project)
  • Organize Free Peace Concerts in Refugee camps accompanied by poems, visual arts, games, drama spoken words and keynote speakers (To be funded by Oxfam Uganda)
  • Engage in massive promotion for these children voices to reach the wider audience and for their voice to be heard by the world (Not funded)
  • Start a Peace building initiative by opening Children Peace Building Clubs in schools around camp, Visit different South Sudan tribal warring communities and preach peace through music, poem, visual art, spoken words, games and drama  (To be funded by Oxfam Uganda)
  • Partner with other organization with compatible mission and goal to support the unaccompanied children 
  • Develop a new album for 2019 on Children Right, Child Marriage,  Peace building, Hygiene and Gender Based Violence and shoot videos for the album (Not funded)
  • Train the children and their guardians (women) on craft skills like manufacturing bags, necklaces and bangles, along with other income-generating activities, like cake baking and cooking. (Not funded)
  • Engage children in sporting coaching and activities.  (To be funded by Oxfam Uganda)
  • Identify and distribute available illustrated children books as educational and reading material for children in refugee camps (Not funded)
  • Open Kids Peace Clubs in camp where they gather and promote peaceful coexistence and express their desire for peace  (To be funded by Oxfam Uganda)
  • Discuss and initiate Music Classes in schools in refugee camps and in South Sudan if political condition allows  (To be funded by Oxfam Uganda)
  • Provide training on how to sing and play musical instruments to a professional level, and how to dance. (Not funded)
  • Provide opportunities for children on radios and media houses to sit and discuss the political, social and spiritual events going around them, and how to reflect these in their music. (Not funded)
  • Organize kids festival where children can gather and show off their different talents in music, visual art, craft making and invention (Not funded)
  • If political conditions allow, establish a base in South Sudan
CAN South Sudan Strategic Plan for the year 2020

THEMATIC AREA FOR 2020
  1. EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
  2. CLIMATE CHANGE
  3. PEACE BUILDING
Planned Strategic Activities
  1. Construct a Children Music Center for I CAN South Sudan where children can learn how to play different music instruments and how to sing and dance
  2. Seek education sponsorship for unaccompanied refugee children into better schools outside the refugee settlement
  3. Equip our children Music Center with different musical instruments for learning and practices by refugee children and buy a complete sound system for I CAN Children Concerts and Events
  4. Offer entrepreneurial skills training to parents and guardians of unaccompanied refugee children, encourage women to unit and form a joint enterprises regardless of tribe for women empowerment, peace building , unity, coexistence and promote self reliance among refugees
  5. Engage Refugee Children in fruit tree planting for combating climate change and giving back to our host country Uganda
  6. Educate the adolescent children on their health reproductive rights
  7. Launch a talent search/competition in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in music instrument playing skills, art and drawings, dancing talents, singing talent, comedy and promote the identified talents to the world
  8. Offer basic Tech and media training for the children in computer, camera use and tablet uses
  9. Educate parents and guardians on better healthy nutrition practice, holistic child development tips and advocate for child rights and protection
  10. With Covid-19 having taken the world by storm, I CAN South Sudan stand in solidarity with refugees and vulnerable children in South Sudan to mitigate the impact of the pandemic through awareness, distribution of health facilities to for prevention, education, psychosocial support to the most affected children and give social support to children and women

Strategic Plan Strategic Plan

I CAN Childrens' Music


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  •  11.07.2019 03:27 PM
  •   The Undercroft - Grace Episcopal Church Silver Spring, MD 20910 Free Parking

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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  • Bidibidi Refugee Camp Zone 1, Yumbe, Uganda
  • P.O.BOX 2627 Kampala Uganda

Blogs


The Lyrics of Yes we can a song by refugee children from Bidibidi Refugee Settlement featuring West Nile famous artist JM Kennedy

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Concern on the Covid-19 Spread Among Refugees in Uganda

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Our plan for the new year

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Press Release

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A campaign on child Right, Early Child Marriage and Peace

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A Campaign against Hate Speech among South Sudanese people

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South Sudanese have undergone decades of wars. Wars have been the only inheritance from generations to Generations beginning with Anya Nya war from 1964 to 1972, the SPLM war against Khartoum from 1983 to 2005, the War between SPLM and SPLM IO plus various other groups from 2013 to 2018. All these wars have caused total destruction of human life, infrastructures, wildlife and the future of South Sudanese generation. We, the Children of this generation refuse for our children to inherit same war and hence, we call for total Peace, Unity and Prosperity in South Sudan

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Introduction

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Art and Drawing Program for Peace Building in the Refugee Camp

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The launch of music from Bidibidi Refugee children

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They have stood despite all tribulations and they vow to rise beyond their situation

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