Overview

Ubuntu Center for Peace is a social enterprise, registered as a Not-for-Profit Organisation-501 (c) 3 organization in the United States. It works with its sister organization registered and operating in Rwanda, headquartered in Kamonyi district, Southern Province, where it has been implementing a community-based social healing model to address both individual and collective traumas.

The Ubuntu Trauma healing work is rooted in the founders’ personal stories of trauma after the 1994 genocide. It's a passion and irresistible calling to help heal those suffering from the “silent killer”, trauma-affected individuals and communities alike, convinced that everyone deserves to live life to the fullest.

Our Mission

We aim to save the lives of people living with traumas, improve their quality of life and enhance social healing in traumatised societies. We will do it by innovating community-based social healing methods and generating evidence on what works, partnerships, and evidence-based advocacy and scale up across Rwanda and other countries that have gone through significant traumas resulting from genocide and/or mass killings, terrorism and natural disasters, with a particular focus to the African Great Lakes Region.

Our Vision

The world is facing an increasing number of human-made and natural disasters, which destroy lives of people and lead to incredible individual and collective traumas. Our vision is of a healed society where individually and collectively healed citizens are empowered to responsibly build a sustainable society.

Our leadership

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Dr Jean Bosco Niyonzima

Executive Director
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Emmanuel Nyampatse

Training and Community Outreach Manager
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Marie Louise Mukeshimana

Community Healing Assistants’ Supervisor
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Grace Muhoza

Evidence and Advocacy Manager
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Olivier Habineza

Finance and Administrative Manager
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François Rwambonera

Organization’s team coach

Board of Directors

Kevin D. Batt

Secretary, Executive Committee

Kevin D. Batt is an attorney in Boston, Massachusetts. His practice includes municipal, land use, environmental and energy law, and he has specialized recently in assisting communities host and develop renewable energy facilities. He has served on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association (MMLA). Mr. Batt has long been active in promoting human rights in his local community and abroad with a current focus on protecting immigrant rights in the face of anti-immigrant policies of the United States federal government. He serves on the Board of Multicultural Education Training and Advocacy (META), a legal advocacy group supporting the rights of English Language Learners throughout public school systems in the United States. Mr. Batt previously served on the boards of Cambridge Cares About AIDs and AIDs Action Committee of Boston. In the past he helped litigate the rights of same-sex couples to marriage and celebrated the first judicial ruling recognizing marriage equality in Massachusetts. His interest in human rights has now expanded to movements in East Africa since his journey there in 2015. In addition to his service on the board of Ubuntu Center for Peace, he serves on the board of Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG), which engages in the front line struggle to protect gays, lesbians and other sexual minorities in Uganda.

Céline Mukasine

Treasurer, Executive Committee

Céline Mukasine is a finance professional who has dedicated her career to build the capacity of mission-oriented startup organizations that apply innovative methods to solve challenges in social justice. She is most passionate about health equity, child welfare, gender equity and economic empowerment. She has over 10 years’ experience working in non-profit organizations in the US and Africa, serving in leadership roles in finance and leading teams in field offices and at global levels thus she has practical knowledge of the operational and governance acumen young organizations need to build in order to achieve long lasting impact. Born and raised in Kigali, Rwanda now residing in Boston, MA, she is eager to work with individuals and entities looking to advance the social and economic development of Rwandans in particular and of Africans in general. She enjoys reading, traveling, the outdoors, yoga and painting.

William Campbell

William Campbell is an independent producer, videographer, photojournalist based in Livingston, Montana. Bill began his journalistic career in Africa as a communications officer, photographer and filmmaker with the UNICEF based in Nairobi in the mid-1970’s. By the late seventies he was a staff photographer and reporter with United Press International, based in Brussels and in Nairobi covering Africa and the Middle East. In 1982 he joined Time Magazine as a contract staff photographer. Attached to the Time bureaus in Nairobi and Johannesburg, he documented conflict and social issues across Africa and the Middle East. Since returning to the United States in 1989, Campbell has focused on the dilemmas of poverty, racism, environmental issues and health care in America and Africa. While in Rwanda for NOW on PBS Campbell met Dr.Jean Bosco in Rwinkwavu. In 2017 Campbell returned to Rwanda to assist the Ubuntu Center for Peace with a video about the Community Based Social Healing project. His current projects include documenting environmental and social issues in the US and abroad.

Sue Jones

Sue Jones is the founder and director of the TIMBo Collective, a nonprofit whose mission is to catalyze women to become positive change makers in the world. As over the past decade she has developed an evidence-based curriculum, a methodology, and a theoretical roadmap to bring rehabilitative mind-body practices to female trauma survivors. She is a leading voice on the subject of mind-body practices for addressing trauma, self-regulation and empowerment. She has trained, inspired, and lead hundreds of women who have taken TIMBo into their work as yoga teachers, social workers, psychologists, advocates, medical providers, teachers, mothers and community leaders. Her work has spanned the globe, empowering women across the U.S., Haiti, Tehran, Iran and Kenya. Her life and work with TIMBo has been profiled by CNN and numerous publications including Time, Self, The New York Times, Yoga Journal and Whole Life magazine and most recently by Rick Hanson for his Foundations of Well-Being Course. Sue’s first book, There is Nothing to Fix will be published in November 2019.

Edmund Robinson

Edmund Robinson is a Unitarian Universalist (UU) minister about to retire, after twelve years, from serving the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Chatham, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He was ordained into the UU ministry in 1999, and served three churches before this one. He has served as Chatham Town Representative to the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission, and has served on the governing council of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS), the oldest organization devoted to the dialogue between religion and science. He has twice been the IRAS minister of the week on Star Island, NH. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1999. In addition to ministry, he has also had a career as a trial lawyer in Boston and in Charleston, SC. He received a Juris Doctor degree from Antioch School of Law in 1975, the first year that institution awarded degrees. His undergraduate degree was from Yale, 1970, a B.A. with major in Anthropology. He is married to Jacqueline Schwab, a concert pianist who is most publicly noted for her work on the sound tracks of several documentary films by the American filmmaker Ken Burns. He has two adult children by his previous marriage, one in England and one in Chicago, and two grandsons. His friendship with Kevin Batt goes back to their days at Yale, and Kevin was the best man at his wedding to Jacqueline in 2000.

Girma Belay

Mr. Belay has had a lifelong interest in international relations, especially as it pertains to African economic development and has taught courses on the Geo-Politics of the Horn of Africa and China in Africa through the Brandeis Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Mr. Belay was a leader in Boston’s affordable housing industry for nearly 25 years, serving as Executive Director of Tenants Development Corporation and Roxbury Tenants of Harvard. In his role as an affordable housing executive, Mr. Belay worked closely with the largest health care institutions in Boston, including the presidents of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Partners Health Care. Mr. Belay served on the Board of Directors of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation for 34 years. He holds master’s degrees from UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning and from California State University at Los Angeles in International Relations (Political Science) and he earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from UCLA. He came to UCLA on a full scholarship and played on the Varsity Soccer Team for four years. He was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which he continues to visit frequently. He has lived in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts with his wife for the past 35 years. They have three wonderful sons.

Tatsushi Arai

Dr. Tatsushi (Tats) Arai is an Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kent State University, USA and holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, USA. He previously worked as a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the National University of Rwanda as well as a representative of a Japanese development assistance NGO in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. In addition to being the author of a growing number of research publications on peacebuilding, reconciliation, psychosocial support, and development, Dr Arai has over 20 years of practitioner experience across 20 plus conflict-affected countries and regions, especially in sub-Saharan Africa (Rwanda, northeastern Nigeria), the Middle East, and East, South, and Southeast Asia. Dr Arai has previously served as a United Nations Senior Mediation Advisor on a when-actually-employed basis, and has also worked extensively with NGOs, community-based organizations, government agencies, and international organizations. With Dr J.B. Niyonzima, he has recently published “Learning Together to Heal” in the Peace and Conflict Studies journal to develop a conceptual framework of the Ubuntu Center’s work. Dr Arai is a Japanese citizen and currently lives with his tri-national family in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. For more information about his publications and initiatives, please consult his website.

We improving lives of trauma-affected individuals and communities alike, convinced that everyone deserves a dignified life