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About Us


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Community Empowerment for creative innovation (CECI) is a Youth centered Non-profit making Refugee-led Organization (RLO) registered with Koboko District Local Government (KDLG) as Community Based Organzation (CBO) in August 2017, with registartion number 563/124. CECI is incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee (Under section 18(3) of the Companies Act 2012), of the Republic of Uganda, with registration number 80020002697777, and holds a valid Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Kampala, Uganda which gives it full clearence in the Refugee Response Operations in the country.

Community Empowerment for Creative Innovation was founded in May 2017 by a group of visionary South Sudanese youths who were granted asylum or refugee in Uganda due to the war in their native country – South Sudan. CECI emerged to address the deteriorating relationships both among refugees themselves and with host communities, characterized by ethnic divisions and violent conflicts; (2) address the dire prospects for young people, characterized by antisocial behavior and practices; and (3) respond to the need for resilience activities that increase livelihood prospects through the promotion of peace and reconciliation, combatting ethnic divisions, hate speech, gender-based violence; and (4) train youth in conflict management and resolution, trauma healing, and entrepreneurial and vocational skills to encourage self-reliance and support peace and development at the grassroots level.

CECI’s programs are Community based with a focus on Peacebuilding and Reconciliation, Girl Child Education and Early Childhood Development, Livelihood, Environmental Conservation, HIV/AIDS and GBV. CECI uses community-centred and participatory approaches and always protects the dignity of the community in programs implementation. CECI UGANDA is run by a team of skilled, competent and experienced personnel headed by an Executive Director who is secretary to the board of directors – a supreme body of the organization after the general assembly.

Our Vision

An Empowered, Peaceful and Self-reliant community of youth who, creative and innovative, contribute meaningfully to socio-economic development and achievement of sustainable peace in the indigenous communities they live in.

Our Mission

To innovatively use recreational activities, education and other innovative approaches to address social problems and transform community-based conflicts into a culture of peace and non-violence; and facilitate youth engagement and empowerment at the grassroots level.

Our Objectives

Community Empowerment for Creative Innovation (CECI) seeks to;

  1. Build peace and improve social cohesion among refugees and with host communities
  2. Build skills to support development and peace
  3. Promote girl child education and early childhood development
  4. Increase community knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDs care and prevention
  5. Eradicate Gender Based Violence
  6. Green the environment
  7. Foster creativity and innovation among youth in their respective fields of practice

Meet the Team

Patrick Chandiga Justine

Cofounder & Executive Director

Vita Geofrey

Cofounder & Finance Manager

Amude Stella

Programs Manager

Amule Moses Michael

Procurement Manager

Esther Keji

IT & Gender Officer

James Kuma GenGen

Programs Officer

Bida Simon Sebit

Accountant & Field Assistant

Come work with us

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Core Values/ Guiding Principles

The CECI is guided by the following values and principles [Click on each]