Confident Children out of Conflict (CCC)
Confident Children out of Conflict (CCC) provides up to 40 children at any one time in Juba with residential care: a safe place to play, sleep, eat and learn. Iris Ministries, a partner organisation in Yei has cared for 25 CCC Children since the conflict broke out. We endeavour to reunify children with their families where it is in the best interest of the child to do so. We also maintain familial relationships and involve families in the decision-making about care for their children. We support the children to go to school, provide them with extracurricular and recreational activities, as well as health and psychosocial care. We have many volunteers who come to support the children with reading groups, homework clubs, physical activities & sports, arts & crafts and much more, for which we, and the children are extremely grateful. We are also supported to run a choir. The children practise regularly, and often perform at community events or for special occasions.
To provide vulnerable children with a safe space to sleep, eat, learn and play in order that they can develop into young adults, fulfilling their potential, and to support households to develop a protective environment for safe reintegration of these children into their communities.
Cathy Groenendijk has been the driving force behind CCC, delivering services, support and safety to children of South Sudan (formerly Sudan) from 2007 when the organisation was founded. With a team of highly committed South Sudanese volunteers and staff, Cathy is able to continue providing a safe space for children affected by protracted crises in the country, including the most recent conflict, which broke out in 2013.
With the support of South Sudanese volunteers, Cathy began providing support to some of these children. As she provided food, the facilities for them to wash, and clean clothes for them to wear, she learned about the violence and abuse many of these girls had been exposed to. Her home became a drop-in centre for up to 30 girls at a time. Very quickly it became apparent there was a need for a structured support system for these vulnerable children; a safe place for them to be, off the streets, and somewhere they could call home.
Starting out, CCC was an independent, organic organisation led by Cathy. Since 2007, CCC has begun to increase it’s volunteer base and programme activities through institutional donor funding, currently including UNICEF, European Union (EU), and the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) as well as Cordaid and the Canadian and Australian Embassies CCC has consistent and regular supporters in South Sudan as well as across the globe, including hundreds of public donors as well as private donations from supporter companies. Moving forwards, CCC will continue fundraising by increasing awareness internationally about the project. We intend to grow further by inviting skilled volunteers to provide support at the centre and remotely, as well as building capacity of local staff.
Today, CCC has 8 dormitories, 2 classrooms-come-playrooms, a dining room, washrooms and office space, accommodating approximately 40 children at any one time.See more