Our community-based social healing model integrates mind-body practices including Qi-gong, Tai Chi and Yoga, with storytelling through collective narrative practice (Tree of Life) and rituals.
Healing practices are provided by Community Healing Assistants whom we recruit from the communities we serve (in collaboration with local authorities), train them in basic notions of trauma and common mental disorders and equip them with our healing tools and group facilitation skills. CHAs are incentivized based on their performance and supervised by a psychologist.
Healing practices take place in healing groups of 20 people each. They are recruited from the community by the Community Healing Assistants who put them into therapeutic groups, and facilitate healing practices once a week for 16 weeks.
Healing groups transition into long-term support groups (self-help groups) which create additional activities including solidarity work, loans, cooperatives etc., to sustain healing, health and resilience.