Community Empowerment for Rehabilitation and Development (CEFoRD) is a non-governmental and non-profit making Youth national organization that was established as drama group in 2005 with a group of 20 youths under the support of Yei Community Resource Centre (Now called CEDED) till its transformation into a civil society organization in 2008. In 2012 CEFoRD was registered as a national non-governmental organization with a mandate to operate in all 10 States of South Sudan. Currently CEFoRD operates in Central Equatoria and Western Equatoria State.
CEFoRD’s target are Children and young people and we also work in collaboration with the local authorities, community leaders and institutions for effective implementation of our projects and get support from government officials and other duty bearers.
CEFoRD is currently implementing four projects; we carry awareness on governance issues with specific focus on the transitional constitution review process and the citizens’ involvement in local governance processes under the Youth for Youth and Participatory governance and accountability projects. In addition, we are empowering children and young people to demand for their rights from the duty bearers in our partnership for peace project funded by EU through War Child Holland. Our latest project is “Governance and Youth participation” which mainly focus on Governance and conflict resolutions. This new project is funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and its implemented in four counties of western Equatoria State and its target are young people and organized youth Associations. We are also actively involved in fighting gender based violence and ensuring that the rights of Women are respected and promoted
We believe that working with youth to address issues of governance and conflict resolutions is the right approach with the fact that, 1) 70% population of the country are young people 2) In this current crisis, the active players are the youth and they are driven by politician to fulfill their own interest. 3) Up to 75 % of the youth are idle or unproductive and they stand high chances of further manipulation. 4) Young people are not involved in decision making processes in all levels of government and their meaningful contribution cannot be felt. Therefore, working with young people to build their capacity and their involvement in addressing social challenges is the right approach because this will build outstanding leadership skills and prepared them to be the future leaders.
CEFoRD has rich experience in participatory methods which reduce the sensitivity of an issue and allows interaction, reflection and experience sharing. The methodology is involving. These methods include but are not limited to Forum theatre/participatory drama, live public debate on radio, interactive radio drama and puppetry. In some cases, CEFoRD uses local artists to produce songs on topical issues and these songs are used to facilitate the programs of CEFoRD especially for mobilizing people for drama show and educating people on radio.
Our activities includes but not limited to the following
1.Capacity building training of any identified youth groups
2.Organizing conferences for youth and other stakeholders.
3.Organizing interface meetings between youth and local authorities including state and National Members of Parliament.
4.Conducting public lectures for youth on topical issues
5.Conducting issue based dialogue meetings.
6.Conducting inter-secondary school debates on socio-economic and political issues.
7.Carrying out Forum Theatre plays on topical issues, e.g. environmental conservation, Hygiene and sanitation, HIV/AIDs, gender based Violence, corruption and elections.
8.Facilitating recorded radio plays.
9.Conducting live radio talk shows on topical issues.
10.Producing films on topical issues.
11.Peer education strategy.
Over the three years CEFoRD have received funding from various international organizations notably, USIAD through Family Health International, War Child Holland, The Canadian Funds for local Initiative through the Canadian Embassy in Khartoum, EU through War Child Holland, UNESCO through War Child Holland and Open society Initiative for East Africa (OSIEA). As such the organization has registered increase in its volume of funds from $ 77,965 in 2011 to 180,966 as of July 2014