A 3 days’ HROC basic workshops was conducted at Lycée Municipal Gihosha on December 18 till 20, 2019. Twenty students participated including 11 girls and 9 boys. The first days focused on trauma comprehension such as its definition, causes, symptoms and consequences. The second one, on trust building when the third one as focused on the ways of recovering from it with some practices.
This basic workshop is a corner stone in a larger program designed to build community capacity to respond to wide-spread trauma and to strengthen inter- connections and reduce isolation. It introduces participants to the concept of trauma, build a sense of trust and community within the workshop, and facilitate initial expression of grief and mourning. It also introduces stages of a healing process and concrete strategies for dealing with intense anger.
During the 3 days workshop, HROC facilitators invite participants to discover their own existing knowledge and their own inner wisdom about how to heal and how to help others. This HROC approach builds a strong sense of community among group members, instills a new confidence in a wounded self, and ensures that the lessons learned are steeped in the context of the particular conflict and the post-conflict recovery process.