Ubuntu Center for Peace is a Not-for-Profit Organization registered as a 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 and other common mental disorders.
• 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.
In June 2017, we launched the first phase of our pilot project to test our integrated community-based social healing model in 2 Sectors of Kamonyi District, Southern Province in Rwanda.
The second phase of the pilot was implemented from July 2020 to June 2021 expanding the program to 3 more Sectors of Kamonyi District.
• 200 Community Healing Assistants (CHAs) including 114 females and 86 males have been trained so far
• Over 3300 clients including 2411 females and 889 males have been served
• Post-intervention health outcomes and socio-economic effects are very valuable
Cases of PTSD remission
Anxiety disorders remission
Increase in work productivity
Increase in children’s school attendance
Reduction in domestic violence
Reconciliation with neighbors
“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