The longevity of the Dukire-Tubane project in the trauma healing domain depends on how well the community trauma healing groups are equipped and the level at which they play their role during the period the project is ongoing. The study trip was conducted in Ciya. The group working there is advanced. Sharing each group’s experience permits every group to learn from each others’ strategy, experience and performance.
During that visit, the solidarity fund initiated by the Ciya Rema Tuyage group opened the eyes of other community healing companions on how creative they must be in promoting new strategies to ease their work.
The Dukire Tubane project manager took time to thank all community healing companions for having willingly accepted this volunteer work that is saving communities where there is much trauma. She underlined the fact that the individual healing affects the family’s life and the community’s life. While they do this, the project remains nearby but the work is the individual’s. She gave words of encouragement especially for those working in Bujumbura
Accompaniment of Rema Tuyage groups
Those who participated in community healing workshops formed groups called “Rema Tuyage,” meeting monthly to share the community situation related to trauma experience and challenges met there. HROC is called to accompany the community healing companions in order to reinforce their capacity in the field and contribute to responding to questions or help them deal with managing strong emotions within communities.
The Social Cohesion workshop
Social cohesion is one of the three pillars on which Dukire-Tubane project is built, along with community trauma healing, and the economic resilience for youth to fight against poverty which is widely recognized as a driver of political conflict in Burundi today. Trauma healing is considered as a tugboat for the two remaining pillars. HROC program facilitators were present to demonstrate the link between Social cohesion and trauma healing in Burundi’s current context.