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 (funded)
Project Title for 2019: Children Peace Building Club (CPBC)
- 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
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 effortsObjectives
Phase two Strategic Plan 2019
- 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 three Strategic Plan 2020 (Not yet funded)
- 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 )
- Shoot video for the remaining 5 songs of the first album (Not funded)
- Organize Free Peace Concerts in Refugee camps accompanied by poems, visual arts, games, drama spoken words and keynote speakers (Not funded)
- 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 (Not funded)
- 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. (Not funded)
- Donate basic needs periodically to the children like clothes, washing soap, body cream and other things not provided for by UNHCR (Not funded)
- 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 (Not funded)
- Discuss and initiate Music Classes in schools in refugee camps and in South Sudan if political condition allows (Not funded)
- 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
- 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.
Reason for Selecting the Target group and issues of equality
- Unaccompanied refugee children aged 5-17, male and female
- South Sudan warring tribes in Refugee Camp
- Single mothers
- Widows and widowers
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