Lacha Community and Economic Development (LCED) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization registered in South Sudan since 2008 (reg. No 113), which became operational since 2009, and was incorporated in Uganda since 2016 (reg. No 1209). We have been providing emergency relief and continued assistance to people in life-threatening situations, in the wake of disaster and/or with ongoing needs, operating both on mobile and static response, tackling Shelter/Non-Food Items (S/NFI) and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) needs.
In the past years LCED has successfully provided humanitarian assistance and empowered vulnerable displaced populations in Greater Equatoria through distribution of life-sustaining NFIs, construction of emergency shelters, hygiene promotion campaigns, revitalization of local market economy with cash-based interventions, mapping and rehabilitation of community assets (water points and sanitation facilities) and capacity building of affected communities. The most targeted people in need are women and girls, including pregnant and lactating mothers, children under 5, elderly, disabled and chronically ill persons, who are the most affected by the South Sudan conflict and the related multiple displacement. Additionally, we have been focusing on peace-building activities among South Sudanese refugees residing in Kampala, Uganda, in order to involve the South Sudanese diaspora to foster the peace process in their country of origin.
With the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement in September 2018 and the hope for peace, LCED will now embark on promoting peace and attacking the root causes of poverty, such as gender and ethnic discrimination, so that more children, particularly girls, can access appropriate health-care a quality education and realize their full potential. Additionally, we shall continue to respond to any call for humanitarian assistance and support marginalized people, mostly women, to take control of their ﬁnances and become self-reliant.
“We envision a situation where all individuals and communities can improve their living standards, coexist peacefully and enjoy their fundamental human rights”.
“We work to save lives, alleviate sufferings of disadvantaged communities, and support them in developing and implementing new innovative ideas to boost socio-economic growth and eradicate extreme poverty”.
• Maximization of Peace and Development at all levels through education and promotion of self-reliance.
• Improve the lives of conflict-affected, disaster-affected and displaced populations by providing first humanitarian assistance.
• Empower vulnerable, disadvantaged groups/communities by planning and implementing capacity building activities, as well as income-generating initiatives.
• Protect and promote human rights, stability and effective governance, and encourage peaceful co-existence among individuals and communities.
• Provide education opportunities and long-life learning for vulnerable, disadvantaged and conflict-affected children and young people.
• Build capacity of local actors, and strengthen partnership with other humanitarian and development actors, to ensure long-term, sustainable development.
- Competence, Excellence and Professionalism: LCED ensures competence, excellence and professionalism by employing qualified and committed staff members, and by continuously investing in professional growth and capacity building.
- Accountability: LCED is accountable to all stakeholders, including communities, partners and donors, for decisions and use of resources received to support communities in need.
- Transparency: LCED employs the highest management standards and working practices in order to ensure transparent use of resources and provision of services.
- Honesty and integrity: LCED ensures high standards of work by not compromising its integrity , and operates under the principles of non-discrimination, equity, and ‘do no harm’;
- Social responsibility: LCED believes in the ethical obligation to work for the benefit of society at large, particularly towards empowering vulnerable groups and preserving the environment.
- Networking and Coordination: LCED employs networking and advocacy strategies, information sharing and strengthening coordination with other humanitarian and development agencies to enhance its operation environment and its efficiency.
- Innovation, Inclusiveness and Participation: LCED believes in making a positive change in the lives of the people in need using innovative, inclusive, bottom-up approaches aimed at empowering communities and individuals.