CSR- Creative Support for Refugees
Granting Refugees an opportunity to dream again, find their passions, and feel hopeful even during their most difficult times.
The Bidi bidi Refugee settlement is home to more than 250,000 refugees, many of whom have experienced trauma before they escaped from conflicts in nearby countries. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees working with other partners, is now using art therapy to help transform the lives of refugees, especially children.
What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)
From DR. Congo, to Sudan, to Burundi, to Syria, the refugee crisis has become one of the most prevalent issues of our time. Forced to flee genocide and war, refugees are faced with anxiety, stress, trauma, depression, and a lack of hope. In most cases these diseases and internal-battles are often overlooked, leaving most refugee camps ill-equipped and even unable to cope up with these relentless diseases. With children as young as 10-years old attempting suicide in the refugee camps, and thousands of adults diagnosed with severe depressive disorder, there is need for us to work towards a solution. Although there are many organizations tending to the basic needs of refugees, we many times overlook mental health and even forget that refugees lived normal lives prior to their displacement.
Through CSR, it is our hope to instill happiness, and normalcy and to revive the passions and dreams that they may have lost along the way.
We must fight depression and hopelessness among refugees/people on the move, by instilling passion and hope. We believe that providing refugees with creative outlets and passion projects will allow them to escape their grief and the stresses of life in refugee camps. CSR plans to distribute items such as notebooks, pencils, colored pencils, markers, and diaries. And we will later expand by distributing musical instruments, paints, books, cameras, art supplies, knitting tools, sports equipment, and other creative outlets. It is our hope that these items will revive their dreams, help them experience healing and hope and inspire refugees to pursue their goals despite their tragedy and displacement.
Geography of focus (500 characters)
In Uganda’s Bidi Bidi refugee camp, progressive policies allow local residents and refugees to live, farm and work freely together, fostering the growth of small businesses and infrastructure. The goal: to build a future city that can endure long beyond the refugees’ eventual return home.
Bidi Bidi currently houses roughly a quarter million South Sudanese who fled civil war in their country. Until recently, it was the largest refugee camp in the world.
Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)
CSR intends to help these two sides to live in harmony and embrace each other with love and understanding in a way that they can never harm each other.This will help to build healthy and stronger relationships.People with psychological problems are dangerous to live with.Therefore by engaging them in creative projects, we rebuild their lives to enable them live/work with others. CSR will ensure safety, equal participation and eliminate the threat within the camps and their neighbors at large.
What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)
While other programs and organizations reach refugees by providing them with tangible, basic needs, CSR is looking to reach refugees through creativity, inspiration, and hope. Refugees had goals and aspirations prior to their displacement, yet other organizations don't take this into account. Think back—when you have felt your happiest. We all feel happiest when we are doing what we love, pursuing our passions. This is the goal behind CSR. We want refugees to experience the escape and happiness that come with passion. We want to remind refugees that they have not lost everything.
What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)
People on the move will have an opportunity to find their passions and feel hopeful even during their most difficult times. After their hope, passions, and dreams are restored, they will have a chance to rise up and participate in the different social-economic opportunities around them. There will be mutual harmony and work participation between the people on the move and the local community members which as a result will bring about community growth and development. Imagine having a society with healthy members-life can be easy because it reduces the numbers of dependent people in society and gives everyone an opportunity to participate building a stable community. Skills and innovativeness will be enhanced, this will lead to innovative and creative thinking.
Based on the numbers of people impacted, the growth and development of beneficiaries, positive testimonies, projects created, potential to scale to other areas, are some of the key metrics we shall use to measure our impact.
What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)
When war brokeout in South Sudan, families were forced to leave everything behind. I happened to watch on Television how thousands had been traumatized, hopeless and dreams shuttered especially the innocent children. My heart was pricked. As a lover of change, growth and development of individuals and communities, driven by empathy and desire to make a difference in the lives of refugees I thought of started getting involved with a few refugees through mentoring. Seeing the positive impact in the lives of those I had carried out my simple mentorship to, have made me want to expand my efforts and reach refugees around the world. I have also been driven by my passion for music. Music has changed my life and helped establish my hopes and dreams. I would love for refugees to have that same opportunity to find their passions and feel hopeful even during their most difficult times.
Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)
The refugee crisis in Uganda has become one of the most prevalent issues of our time. Forced to flee genocide and war, refugees in Uganda from DR. Congo, and South Sudan are faced with trauma, depression, and a lack of hope. Although the government and many national and international organizations are tending to their basic needs, they have totally forgotten that these refugees once lived normal lives prior to their displacement. It is our hope to revive the passions and dreams that they may have lost along the way for the refugees in Bidi Bidi, one of the largest refugee settlements in the northern part of Uganda.
The last intense days of a project including refugee youth artists living in the BidiBidi Settlement, Uganda, as well as artistic leaders from both Uganda and Sweden.
How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)
It's human nature wanting and be willing to offload things if they feel like it's heavy on them to keep. We therefore leverage on their need for a creative therapy outlet and their desire for someone to talk to and listen to what they went through and understand them or something that can help them recover from their past. Our creative support through activities and therapists have higher chances in treating people of this kind (refugees) hence it won't be difficult for refugees to get helped. Also, all of us need someone to support us, encourage us and stand with us especially in those moments, CSR is capable of drawing from that point to help them understand that they need to dream again, hope again and try again for the betterment life. Helping them understand that they are not alone and make them feel safe and secure will retain their normal mental status and let go of their past and embrace the present in order to build the best future for them and the generation to come.
What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)
We anticipate to work closely with the United Nations Higher Commission for Refugees, UNDP, US Embassy in Uganda, the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, psychiatrists or therapists and any NGO/s that will be willing to work with us.
What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing
Arriving and settling at a destination community
Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing
Service: A new or enhanced service that creates value for end beneficiaries
Idea Proposal Stage
Blueprint: We are exploring the idea and gathering the inspiration and information we need to test it with real users.
Group or Organization Name
Joseph Mulabbi - Youth Kontact UG.
Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)
I have carried out mentorship before for refugees, Seeing the positive impact in the lives of those I had carried out my simple mentorship to, have made me want to expand my efforts and reach refugees around the world. I have also been driven by my passion for music. Music has changed my life and helped establish my hopes and dreams. I would love for refugees to have that same opportunity to find their passions and feel hopeful even during their most difficult times.
On my team, there are people with diverse knowledge and experience about psychological problems and their consequences to the society which places us at the right point to implement this idea due to the experience they have gained over time. Some members work in refugee camps, some are therapists and some work in mental health institutions where they have observed people with psychological problems and how they are affected emotionally,socially and economically.
Type of submitter
We are not yet a registered organization but plan to register in future
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