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.
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.
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.
80 Community Healing Assistants (CHAs) including 48 Females and 32 males have been trained in basic notion of trauma, our model and have gained group facilitation skills.
Over 1176 trauma-affected community members including 638 females and 230 males have graduated from the healing journey with over 90% retention.
Based on preliminary results from the pilot involving 607 people as described in our publication, the outcome is very encouraging so far as the graph shows the right.
“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