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

Phase One Objectives June 2018-November 2018 (funded)
  • 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
Phase two objectives, February 2019-November 2020 (not yet funded)
  • Secure funding to extend the project for a further 24 months, and to include a further cohort of 30 children per year, so that a total of 50 children are involved.
  • Develop an ‘album’ of recordings and videos and organize a Children’s Album Launch in Refugee Camps in Uganda
  • Train women on craft skills like manufacturing bags, necklaces and bangles, along with other income-generating activities, like cake baking and cooking.
  • Engage children in sporting coaching and activities.
  • Develop a suite of written educational materials that can be used in future years.
  • Provide training on how to sing and play musical instruments to a professional level, and how to dance.
  • Provide opportunities for children to sit and discuss the political, social and spiritual events going around them, and how to reflect these in their music.
  • If political conditions allow, establish a base in South Sudan to prepare children for a return home.
Phase three objectives, June 2021 onward (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. 
  • Further develop the educational package, so that it can be delivered in more locations by different teams.
  • Make contact with other refugee camps around Africa, and educate others about this model of learning and support.
  • 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
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