Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) – Rwanda strives to provide psychological support and training to Rwandan people and communities that have experienced genocide, sexual/domestic violence and trauma of any kind; simultaneously HROC- Rwanda promotes peace education to establish a future generation guided by nonviolent and harmonious values.
Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) is a type of trauma healing approach that was created in Rwanda in 2003. Rwanda has been plagued by a brutal history of colonization, civil war, ethnic hatred, and genocide. As the country strives to build sustainable peace, it is clear that in order to move forward, communities must grapple with the consequences of violence.
The HROC three-day basic workshop was created to help participants examine and discuss the consequences of violence in their lives by bringing together people from opposing sides of conflict. This workshop focuses on understanding trauma, loss, grief, and mourning, how to deal with the consequences (such as anger, depression, isolation) and rebuilding community trust.
The basic workshop is a corner stone in our program designed to build community capacity to respond to wide-spread trauma and to strengthen interconnections and reduce isolation. Many participants move on to advanced training to become Healing Companions or facilitators in their communities to better accompany their families, neighbors and community members on their journeys of healing.
Through trauma healing workshops, AVP (Alternative to Violence Project) trainings, scholarship programs and Peace Libraries we strive to rebuild and empower communities and individuals throughout Rwanda. These activities and programs are guided by principles that acknowledge each person’s inner goodness and ability to love.