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.
The Ubuntu Trauma healing and mental health work is rooted in the founders’ personal stories of trauma after the 1994 genocide. It’s a passion and irresistible calling to help heal those suffering from the “silent killers” including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Psychosomatic and Substance Abuse Disorders, convinced that everyone deserves to live life to the fullest.
In a world plagued by increasingly human-made and natural disasters, we aim to create healthier and more productive communities by healing people living with psychological trauma and other common mental disorders, improve their quality of life and enhance social healing in traumatized societies. We do it by empowering Community Healing Assistants to deliver movement therapy, collective narrative practice and rituals to healing groups that they form from their communities, which transition to long-term support groups to bring traumatized people back to health. We scale up through partnerships across Rwanda and beyond, with a particular focus on the African Great Lakes Region
Our vision is of a healed society where individually and collectively healed citizens are empowered to responsibly build a sustainable society.
our Leadership team
Our Senior Management Team
Dr. Jean Bosco Niyonzima
Co-founder of and Executive Director
Dr Jean Bosco Niyonzima is the co-founder of and Executive Director for the Ubuntu Center for Peace, providing the team with leadership, tragic direction, and leading fundraising efforts and the strategic partnerships building and stewardships. He is also the President of the Executive Committee for the US Board of Directors. read more
Training and Community Outreach Manager
The Training and Community Outreach Manager develops training curricula for CHAs, trains and supervises CHA Supervisors and CHAs and ensures the day to day quality and consistency of program implementation. Emanuel Nyampatsi is an experienced and professional psychologist with over 10 years of experience working at the community level in the read more
Community Healing Assistants’ Supervisor
Aline Uwamariya trains and supervises CHAS in the community to ensure that they deliver effective services to healing groups. She has 4 years of experience as a part time research assistant at Save the children International and Never again Rwanda and holds a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a master ‘s degree in Public Health.
Evidence and Advocacy Manager
The Evidence and Advocacy Manager consolidates all data from the field, analyses them and reports on the indicators progress and impact. She uses the evidence to engage with key stakeholders for writ large impact. Grace Muhoza has 3-years international experience working as a grant-making program consultant with Urgent Action Fund-Africa. She holds a Master’s degree in Child Development.
Finance and Administrative Manager
Dieudonne Ntawiniga organizes and manages administrative, financial, and operational activities including development and maintenance of financial and administrative procedures, logistics, payroll, monitoring and management expenditures within allotted budget, preparation and maintenance of financial records and financial reports. He holds a Master’s in Business read more
Organization’s team coach
François Rwambonera serves as the team’s coached and the Organization’s Legal Representative in Rwanda. He has a long experience in educational planning & administration, project management and Participatory/active pedagogy. Currently retired, in the past, he worked in the Rwandan ministry of education and later in the protestant educational department. He is a holder of a Master’s degree in Mathematics with other professional certificates.
United States Board of Directors
KEVIN D. BATT
Secretary, Executive Committee
Kevin D. Batt is an attorney in Boston, Massachusetts. His practice includes municipal, land use, environmental and energy law, and he has specialized recently in assisting communities host and develop renewable energy facilities. He has served on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association (MMLA). Mr. Batt has long been active in promoting human rights in his local community and abroad read more
Treasurer, Executive Committee
Céline Mukasine is a finance professional who has dedicated her career to build the capacity of mission-oriented startup organizations that apply innovative methods to solve challenges in social justice. She is most passionate about health equity, child welfare, gender equity and economic empowerment. She has over 10 years’ experience working in non-profit organizations in the US and Africa, serving in leadership read more
William Campbell is an independent producer, videographer, photojournalist based in Livingston, Montana. Bill began his journalistic career in Africa as a communications officer, photographer and filmmaker with the UNICEF based in Nairobi in the mid-1970’s. By the late seventies he was a staff photographer and reporter with United Press International, based in Brussels and in Nairobi covering Africa and the Middle East. In 1982 he joined read more
Sue Jones is the founder and director of the TIMBo Collective, a nonprofit whose mission is to catalyze women to become positive change makers in the world. As over the past decade she has developed an evidence-based curriculum, a methodology, and a theoretical roadmap to bring rehabilitative mind-body practices to female trauma survivors. She is a leading voice on the subject of mind-body practices for read more
Edmund Robinson is a Unitarian Universalist (UU) minister about to retire, after twelve years, from serving the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Chatham, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He was ordained into the UU ministry in 1999, and served three churches before this one. He has served as Chatham Town Representative to the Barnstable County Human Rights Commissionand has served on the governing council of read more
Mr. Belay has had a lifelong interest in international relations, especially as it pertains to African economic development and has taught courses on the Geo-Politics of the Horn of Africa and China in Africa through the Brandeis Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Mr. Belay was a leader in Boston’s affordable housing industry for nearly 25 years, serving as Executive Director of Tenants Development Corporation read more
Dr. Tatsushi (Tats) Arai is an Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kent State University, USA and holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, USA. He previously worked as a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the National University of Rwanda as well as a representative of a Japanese development assistance NGO in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. In addition to being the author read more
Rwanda Board of Directors
President Legal Representative
François Rwambonera has a long experience in educational planning & administration, project management and participatory/active pedagogy. Currently retired, in the past, he worked in the Rwandan Ministry of Education and later in the Protestant Educational Department. He is a holder of a Master’s degree in Mathematics with other professional certificates.
Dr. Lucien Nzayirata
Dr. Lucien NZAYIRATA is the vice president of the Rwanda Board of Directors for Ubuntu Center for Peace. He is a Medical Doctor since 2016, holds a bachelor’s degree of medicine and surgery from the University of Rwanda. He has three years’ experience of clinical practice in both public and private institutions and over seven years of public health experience in Sub-Saharan read more
Sr.Donatille is a very respected peace and justice activist, who has been working in the community-based socio-economic development for over 27 years. Religious for over 35 years in the Congregation of Bernardine Sisters, her expertise is in social work, technical education and peacebuilding. In the UCP Rwanda Board of Directors, she is the Treasurer of the Executive Committee.
Mr. Norbert is social justice lawyer, committed to the grassroots’ right to develop and an expert in Local Economic Development at both Policy Level and practice of project management as well as Small and Medium Enterprises promotion for over 20 years. He holds a Masters of Arts in “Community and Social Development” from BIRCHAM INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, Madrid, SPAIN, a Diploma read more
Mr. Josue is a Teacher Training Expert for over 10 years with management, coaching and mentoring skills. He also has experience of 5 years in implementing education reforms that support improved early grade reading outcomes and in online learning programs. He implemented a project ‘Violence-free schools and communities in Rwanda’ aimed at integrating Positive Discipline techniques into read more
Dr. Jean Damascene Niyonzima
Medical Doctor with over 14 years of both clinical and public health experience, Dr. Jean Damascene worked with Partners In Health, the Rwanda Ministry of Health District Hospitals and American Refugee Committee in Rwanda. Between 2013- 2014, he was engaged in the UN Humanitarian Mission in Haiti as a clinical officer. He currently works with the Rwanda Biomedical Center as a read more
Sociologist with a background of educator, Alvera has been working with non-government organizations for over 20 years. After the 1994 genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda, he co-founded “Noyau Pour la Paix” in 2000 for which she has been serving as a coordinator to promote peace including harmony in families and community integration of orphans. Co-founder of the UCP Board of Directors in Rwanda, Alvera is a member of the Conflict Resolution Committee.