Tide stands for "Talent Initiative for Development" and promotes peace and development through working with youth. The organization was founded in 2019 by Samse Sam, a young activist and musician who works for his country under difficult conditions and who himself lost his parents in the civil war. He had already started with activities in the refugee camp in neighboring Uganda, where he found refuge himself. There he launched projects for peacebuilding with other musicians. During this time, the song "Kifaya"; was produced, which reached tens of thousands of people of different ethnic groups in South Sudan at concerts and via social media.
Find a short video about his career as an activist at the right.
Samse Sam has been elected as one of five global grassroot changemaker by Civicus, the global alliance for civil society, and is part of their grassroot solidarity revolution.
TIDE works with a range of national actors and international donors such as: GIZ, Civicus, Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, Agency for Open Critical Transformation (rog), and others.
Samse Sam, musician, activist and founder of TIDE
War and Poverty in South Sudan
South Sudan obtained independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011. But as early as 2013, civil war broke out again in the new state, which lasted five years. Over four million people, almost a third of the population, had to flee within the country or to neighboring countries (particularly Uganda). The security situation remains fragile, and various groups are hostile to one another. Violence and climate change are responsible for the recurring famines.
HOW TIDE HELPS
CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND MEDIATION
TIDE conducts training and courses for young people in schools and churches. There, they learn methods to deal with conflicts peacefully in their social environment. TIDE also intervenes directly in com-munities with ethnic conflicts. With events and mediation, the organization promotes pro-cesses of trust building and conflict resolution.
TRAUMA HEALING AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION
MUSIC AND ARTS FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT
In workshops, TIDE promotes the examination of history, the background of the civil war and its psychological consequences. Young people are empowered to talk about their trauma, recog-nize its impact and overcome negative coping practices.
A central theme is (gender based) violence against women within families and communities.
TIDE uses the unifying potential of music to promote reconcilia-tion and counter hate speech. It works with well-known musi-cians who reach many people at concerts and via social media. On so-called “Music Days”, crea-tive workshops take place alongside concerts. These events are combined with guided group discussions on conflict and taboo topics such as sexually transmitted diseases or gender based violence.