Lacha Community and Economic Development (LCED) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization registered in South Sudan since 2008, which became operational since 2009, and incorporated in Uganda since November 2015.
LCED was founded by few concerned community members who recognized the increasing humanitarian and development needs of the people affected by the long civil war in South Sudan. LCED headquarters are based in Mundri town, Western Equatoria State (WES), while the coordination office is based in Juba, and the agricultural field office in Lacha village, Mundri West county, WES. Its areas of operation include the three South Sudanese States of Western Equatoria, Central Equatoria and Lakes, and Kiryandongo refugee settlement in Uganda. Our focus is for future projects is also on the urban South Sudanese refugees residing in Kampala city.
“We envision a situation where all South Sudanese 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”.
- To protect and promote human rights, stability and effective governance, and encourage peaceful co-existence among South Sudanese communities;
- To empower vulnerable groups and rural communities by planning and implementing capacity building activities, as well as income generating initiatives, especially agriculture, agribusiness and innovative skill development among others;
- To lobby and advocate for policies, laws and actions that favors the needs and interests of rural through networking and collaboration with local and international organizations;
- To provide education opportunities and long-life learning for South Sudanese children and young people;
- To fight Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in all its forms, and to promote women empowerment;
- To improve the lives of conflict-affected populations by providing first humanitarian assistance;
- To 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.