In June 2017, we launched a proof-of-concept pilot project to test our integrated community-based social healing model in 2 Sectors of Kamonyi District, Southern Province in Rwanda.
Based on preliminary results from the pilot involving 607 people as described in our publication, the outcome is very encouraging so far as the figure shows the below.
The effects of the intervention are measured in percentage. For instance, suicide tendency decreased from 53% to 23% of our respondents. Though these results, like the pilot study itself, are still preliminary in nature, there is a consistent trend of decline across all the negative indicators of PTSD symptoms and reconciliation challenges as the table shows. There is also a consistent trend of improvement across the three positive indicators of social cohesion, suggesting a great potential impact.
“We were about to kill each other, but now we are in the honey moon”. (John-this is a false name to keep anonymity, a 45 years old male who attended the healing journey with his wife). John was married to a 38 years old female for 12 years, with 5 children. Their daily life was business oriented, and t Read More
“The 1994 genocide against the tutsi occurred when I was 7 years old. I lost my parents, my siblings and other relatives. Consequently I didn’t manage to study properly. Once adult, I got married. I got children but the relationship with my husband was very challenging. We failed to live in harmony and we Read More
“When the genocide against the tutsi started I was 11 years old. My parents and siblings were killed; I survived with some family members but I did manage to live in good terms with them. That situation caused me to misbehave and I ended by leaving the school. Family members decided to transfer me to Kigali Read More
“I am a married person with three children. I participated in the 1994 genocide against the tutsi. Then I was imprisoned until the President clemency released me. Though I was liberated from the prison, I was always guilty of my deeds during the genocide. I isolated myself. I felt unworthy to be with other Read More