The project will train 24 young genocide survivors to be peer counsellors so they can provide counselling to 250 genocide orphans, in group and one-to-one counselling sessions. We would also like to provide 6 childcare workers to care for 60 young children whilst their parents attend counselling.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1120932)
While the 1994 Rwandan genocide is well known, less understood is the conflict's lingering impact on survivors' mental health & therefore their ability to lead normal lives & support themselves. Many orphans had to raise their younger siblings, some are single mothers-others have been cheated out of their inherited property by distant relatives/strangers. Since Rwandan mental health services are woefully under-resourced, many face lasting trauma, anxiety or depression.Most are living in poverty.
We will train 24 peer counsellors in trauma counselling. They will be embedded in their communities and will run group counselling for beneficiaries. These sessions will raise awareness of PTSD and reduce stigma surrounding mental illness. Peer counsellors will also identify people who need more help and refer them to the project counsellors. Relieving the survivors' anxiety & depression & offering support will equip them with the confidence to return to work and alleviate their poverty.
As an orphan, I lived in misery with my young sister-we survived together with depression and anger. I attempted to commit suicide. Today I am happy. Since the commencement of this counselling group, something positive has changed in my life-I have started smiling and have some people whom I trust.
After the genocide, I knew that life was not going to be the same. I was very sad and angry at the people who killed my family. I thought that alcohol would resolve it all, but through the group counselling, I realised that I have to take charge of my life and decrease my alcohol consumption.
I gained more skills from this counselling group, and a lot of skills. I now have new people that listen to my sorrow, and I can share and accept my past experiences. Now I have plans for the future and for my children.
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