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 SudanValuesTeam workDiversity
HonestyIntegrityFear of God
Yes We can!