Our community-based social healing model is an integrated model, which builds on the new recent development in neuroscience, especially neuro-imaging and trauma healing. Our model aims at optimizing individual trauma healing in a traumatized society, integrating the practices of Transpersonal Psychology (TPP) using meditative practices that involve the movement of the body such as Tai Chi, Qi-Gong, Yoga and Acupressure to increase mindfulness and Experiential Learning (EL) tools including storytelling, use of metaphors and collective rituals. The TPP and EL complement each other.
Given the scale of the problem, one organization can only do much. As we innovate and learn about what works and what doesn’t work, we use evidence to support the scale up for a writ large and sustainable impact through strategic partnerships and policy dialogue with the government. Our theory of change is a four-pronged approach including:
As we do implement our innovative program in community-based social healing, we want to learn about what works and what does not, how and why it works using rigorous research methodologies in order to generate evidence for effectiveness and devise strategies for scale up. The evidence will provide us foundations for our advocacy efforts and in positioning the organization in innovative methods of tackling trauma related mental health disorders in traumatized societies
While the June 2017-December 2019 was dedicated at the proof-of-concept pilot project at a small scale, we aim at expand the community-based social healing model to 3 districts with the highest trauma-related mental health disorders including PTSD, Depression, Anxiety disorders, substance abuse and somatization by the end of 2022. We will have trained 1560 Community Healing Assistants and served directly 25,200 people living with traumas in Rwanda.
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.