I CAN SOUTH SUDAN

I CAN Children

Yes we can!

Voices of South Sudanese children

I CAN KIDZ

About I CAN South Sudan


I CAN South Sudan is a Registered Refugee Led Community-Based Organization (CBO) operating in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement Zone 1, in Yumbe District Northern Uganda with the aims of engage unaccompanied refugee children in social and musical activities. The aim is in three-folds: to give them meaning, purpose and hope in their lives, to develop their skills and talents for the future, and to provide them with a voice to express their trauma and their desire for peace.

Created in 2017 by refugee youth trainers and teachers Stephen Wandu Bimo, Seme Ludanga Faustino and Kyobutungi Angela a Ugandan by nationality who have compassion to support refugees, I CAN initially received a Good Will support of Euro 5,000 from Misereor Germany 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. 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

Background

Geographical Location and Population of the area

Bidibidi a refugee settlement in Northwest Uganda in Yumbe, a district in the West Nile subregion opened in August 2016 and by December of the same year was closed to new arrivals with an estimated population of 285,000 refugees Bidibidi was at the time, described as the largest refugee settlement site in the world. Bidibidi was founded with the gazetting of 250 square kilometers of communal land by the host community.

Bidibidi is composed of five Zones and each of these zones is divided into clusters which further divided into individual villages

Political and situation of the Unaccompanied Children

The escalation of conflict in South Sudan in 2016 that included increased mobilization of youth into rebellion, increased deployment of SPLA soldiers, spiraling cycle of retaliation in rural areas, insecurity in urban areas, fear that the same insecurity would spread, relatives missing, caught up in firefight, getting targeted by government or SPLA-IO, indiscriminate killings, food insecurity and a decrease in social services, closure of schools and clinics plus illegal detentions made many to flee the equatorial region for safety in Uganda

Among these refugees are over 10,500 children. Many of them have traveled with strangers or relatives who are not their parents to the Bidibidi and Imvepi refugee settlement in northern Uganda. While some have been placed into foster care and others have been reunited with families, many remain unaccompanied and vulnerable children. (UNHCR)

To make matters worse, rations of food have recently been reduced in these refugee camps, leaving many of these children vulnerable to crime, peer pressure and exploitation. Traumatized by war, plight and the loss of family and without a strong support network, these children need help and support.
While the personal suffering of these children takes priority, the dispersal of people from South Sudan also represent a potential cultural loss.

It is upon this background that motivated us to start I CAN South Sudan. We have identified the unaccompanied children with the help of the refugee community in Bidibidi and engaged 20 children from different tribes of South Sudan in our program since 2017 and we hope to keep adding more so that we can reach thousands more who are in need

People, Economic bases, Social and Culture of Yumbe

In 2014, Yumbe recorded Ugandan population was roughly 485,000. Yumbe is the historical land of the Aringa people, the majority of whom are subsistence farmers and followers of Islam. Yumbe is one of the poorest districts in Uganda. Schools and centers are severely under-resourced and underperforming, infrastructure is underdeveloped and economic opportunities lag behind the rest of the nation. Aringa's history of conflict, poverty and Islamic faith provide a backdrop of perceived and actual marginalization of the Aringa inside Uganda. Unlike other communities across the border in South Sudan; however, many Aringa are aware of distant kinship with groups in South Sudan. Alan Boswell (2018) The Political Economic and Conflict Dynamic in Uganda's Bidibidi Refugee Settlement

Mission

I CAN has three main aims: To inculcate a sense of meaning, purpose, and hope in the lives of musically talented unaccompanied refugee children living in refugee settlements in Northern Uganda. To develop musical and performance skills and talents in these children that will ultimately allow them to pursue a career in these areas of the creative arts, including the preservation of the distinctive musical culture of South Sudan. To provide unaccompanied refugee children with a voice to express their trauma and their desire for peace.

Goal 

To build unity, love and harmony among South Sudanese Refugee Children and give them a voice through music to stand for their rights and instill reconciliation, forgiveness and peace among refugees

Values
Team work
Diversity
Honesty
Integrity
Fear of God

Motto: Yes We can!








Management


Isaac Abishai Sokifasi

Chairperson Board of Directors

Karungi Innocent

Member Board of Directors

Stephen Wandu Bimo

Executive Director

Gift Friday

Country Representative-South Sudan

Moses Sakondo

Public Relations Manager

Kyobutungi Angela

Admin & Finance

Ezibon Saadalla Khamis

ICT & Information Officer

Seme Ludanga Faustino

Project Coordinator

Naguya Jovana Clement

Accountant

Kavuma Amir Khan

Partnership & Advocacy Coordinator

Anis Anibie

Logistics & Procurement Officer

Mary Monday

Assistant Project Coordinator-Bidibidi

Bosco Mambu

Assistant Project Coordinator-Rhino Camp

Malish James

Assistant Project Coordinator-Bidibidi

Joseph John Batista

Project Coordinator-Yambio

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Donation Amount


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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
Phase three Strategic Plan 2020 (Not yet funded)
  • Increase the scale of the program by employing a further two trained youth workers, so that the number of children involved can be dramatically increased 
  • Develop an ‘album’ of recordings and videos and organize a Children’s Album Launch
  • Further develop the educational package, so that it can be delivered in more locations by different teams.
  • Donate basic needs to the children like clothes, washing soap, body cream and other things not provided for by UNHCR
  • Make contact with other refugee camps around Africa, and educate others about this model of learning and support.
  • Organize kids festival where children can gather and show off their different talents in music, visual art, craft making and invention
  • If political conditions allow, Establish a base in South Sudan to prepare children for a return home.
Target Group
  • Unaccompanied refugee children aged 5-17, male and female
  • South Sudan warring tribes in Refugee Camp
  • Single mothers
  • Widows and widowers
  • Youth
Reason for Selecting the Target group and issues of equality
Unaccompanied refugee children form an obviously vulnerable group. We believe in equal rights for every child, regardless of their gender, tribal ancestry, or disability.

Young girls are especially vulnerable to exploitation within the camps. This project seeks to give them not only a sense of their self-worth and their creativity, but a voice to speak out about the issues that girls and women face.

Tribal ancestry has unfortunately contributed to the war in South Sudan. This project is designed to treat all participants equally, and to allow individuals from different sides of the conflict to bond over a shared musical experience and a shared relationship to tradition.

Trauma, isolation, poverty and hardship will all be reduced by the project for all participants. The aim is not merely to encourage thoughtful self-expression, but to cultivate talents that will allow these young people to develop careers in the music, performance and entertainment industries.

Existing Similar Organizations or firms in Uganda
While other organizations are involved in providing basic care to refugee groups, few are focused on opportunities for self-expression, the social aspect of refugees, for preserving cultural heritage, or for delivering future-focused training that can contribute to peace. This project fulfils all four of these objectives.

Possible Long time Other Effects
  • It will allow traumatized children an opportunity for self-expression
  • It will help to preserve and promote a distinctive South Sudanese musical ‘voice’
  • It will help to create unity among the diverse tribes of South Sudan, and to give young girls an opportunity to discuss their particular experiences.
  • It will expose undiscovered talents in South Sudan, creating opportunities for the children to further their education
Strategic Plan Strategic Plan

I CAN Childrens' Music


Events


  • $10
  • 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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Contact


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