Community Empowerment for Creative Innovation (CECI)
Community Empowerment for creative innovation (CECI) is a registered refugee-led CBO founded in May, 2017 in Koboko District by the visionary South Sudanese youths who were granted asylum or refugee in Uganda due to the war in their native country.
CECI emerged to address the increasingly deteriorating relationship among refugees and with host communities, address the dire youth situation and to respond to the need for resilience activities that increases livelihood. Sincere 2017, CECI has been and is running programmes in Peacebuilding and conflict resolution, Hate and Dangerous Speech mitigation, livelihood, girl child education and early childhood development and environmental conservation in Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement and Koboko District with our partners r0g Agency for Open Culture and Critical Transformation, Oxfam IBIS, and the Dangerous Speech Network.
In the last 3 and half years, working together with partners and refugee communities, CECI has reached, inspired and empowered more than 800 refugee and host community youth as Peace Ambassadors and Peacebuilders who currently are actively engaged promoting peaceful resolution of conflicts in their communities, developed the capacities of community leaders to identify, organize, facilitate and respond to trauma cases and increased mass awareness about the dangers of hate speech and misinformation. However, we are faced with challenges ranging from limited funding, lack of transport means and capacity building opportunities limiting our impact.
CECI works to build empowered, peaceful and self-reliant youth communities through recreational activities, education and other innovative approaches designed to transform community-based conflicts into a culture of peace and nonviolence and facilitate youth engagement and empowerment at the grassroots level.