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

  • 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 )
  • 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

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

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