The 1994 genocide was one of the most horrific events of the 20th century, yet Rwandans' recovery so far is amazing. Karuna Center has worked in Rwanda since 1995. We are now proud to partner with three Rwandan organizations in a 2-year, USAID-funded program that weaves together their strengths--trauma healing, community dialogue, and youth leadership--and raises community voices to advise government.
HEALING OUR COMMUNITIES:
DEEP WORK TO BUILD LASTING PEACE
The Healing Our Communities program in Rwanda is a collaborative effort with three Rwandan partner organizations which addresses grievances from the 1994 genocide—focusing on a total of 16 communities where tensions remain particularly high.
Our partners in this program are Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities, which facilitates trauma healing among both survivors and former perpetrators; Aegis Trust, which engages youth in service and documentary projects; and Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace, which creates dialogue clubs for resolving conflicts in each project community. The program also creates opportunities for community participants to share their successes and challenges with local and national-level policymakers. This work is supported by a grant from USAID.
Local WHMP radio host Bill Newman interviewed Karuna Center Executive Director Olivia Dreier about the work of Karuna Center & the Healing Our Communities program in Rwanda (30 min).
Project overview for Healing Our Communities produced by project partner, Aegis Trust.
The Rwanda We Want was produced by youth in the Healing Our Communities program.
Miracle Tree, Unity, and Reconciliation was produced by youth in the Healing Our Communities program.
Prayers That Bring Change was produced by youth in the Healing Our Communities program.
Youth participants in Healing Our Communities perform a song, February 2017.
- Karuna Center has led numerous programs in Rwanda since 1995. Click here to learn about our previous work in Rwanda.