Healthier And More Productive Communities
Free of ill-Mental Health
Healthier And More Productive Communities
Free of ill-Mental Health
Healthier And More Productive Communities
Free of ill-Mental Health
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Tackling Trauma And Common Mental Disorders Through An Integrated,

Scalable, Cost-Effective Community-Based Social Healing Model In Africa

The Challenge

Lack of access
to psychotrauma and mental health services

  • In Africa, over 80 million people live with depression and anxiety disorders.
  • In conflict affected countries, over 20% of the population live with mental disorders (depression, anxiety disorders and post- traumatic disorders). In post-genocide Rwanda, over 50% of the genocide survivors’ population lives with mental disorders. The situation is compounded with collective traumas that have crossed the borders.
  • Social and economic corollaries of untreated mental disorders include poverty, children’s compromised education, suicide, gender inequality, sexual and gender violence including domestic violence, just to name but a few.
  • Over 85% have no access to mental health care services they need in the current individualized and medicalized conventional healthcare system. 

Our Innovative Solution

Accessible, affordable, and non-stigmatizing community-based mental health approach that:

  • Integrates breath-centered mind body practices, collective narrative in safe spaces and rituals.
  • Is delivered by trained and supervised Community Healing Assistants (CHAs)
  • Through Therapeutic Groups, each week, over 15 weeks
  • Transitioning to long term support groups with additional activities (lending circles, coops, solidarity) 

Why do we do what we do? We do this as we are convinced that everyone deserves a happy, productive and dignified life 

Our Impact in Numbers


Trained CHAs


Total served




Decrease in Anxiety


Reduction in PTSD


Less Domestic Violence


Increase in family consultation


Increase in child school attendance


Less conflicts with neighbors


Decrease in lost workdays

Latest News

Celebrating the World Mental Health Day 2022 with the Global Community 

Ubuntu Center’s community-based social healing program was highlighted in the World Mental Health Day 2022 Bulletin by the World Federation for Mental Health as an example to improve mental health and well-being for all. 

Make Mental Health and Well-Being for All a Global Priority

Inspiring Success Stories


“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. Once there, I kept my anxiety and felt traumatized. I became more than more depressed. read more 

Gakire (Ex-Prisoner)

“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 people due to my status. I was like a cursed and excluded person. I felt less than a person. 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 until we separate. That separation increased the grief of genocide trauma I had kept in my heart for long. I attempted 3 times to commit suicide. read more


MUSIRIKARE Theoneste got married to a 38 years old female; they are together for 12 years with 5 children. Their daily life was business oriented, and they were working hard to develop their family. Surprisingly they spent 6 years of social conflicts that lead them to broke through their relationship for 3 years where they could not even sleep in the same bed despite different frequent local leaders’ interventions.  read more

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