Testimonies from the 7th International Training


  •  “I enjoyed this International Training I feel that HROC in Rwanda has blessed me with experience. I like the way we participated in the community work during Umuganda. I opt to know so many wonderful people from East Africa. I truly felt the facilitators were able with questions I struggled with in facilitation and gave great advice in helping others. HROC is an amazing organization and it touches so many lives. I am happy to be part of it”
  • “I left Burundi with a burden heart, full of sorrows. Arriving here, meeting everyone I felt relieved because of HROC. After so long, I gained some weight and it’s all because of the time I spent with everyone and your caring heart. I hadn’t shared anything with anyone about me, but because of every lesson we went through I said everything as if it was a story I was narrating, it was strange to me but health because I feel at ease now.”
  •  “I learn two important lessons in this 7th International Training, one is the importance of mourning our looses, secondly how to break the cycle of revenge. It’s hard but seeing the beauty of reconciliation I felt that I must be the actor of change in Burundi.”
  •  “When I first arrived at the training I was not in the right mindset. I was tired from work, missing home after being away already for 6 months and I missed the ones I loved. I knew doing HROC would uplift, inspire and educate me, but fully experience it has been more than I ever hoped. I already had years in facilitating and planning, but coming in with a novice mindset allowed me to learnt so much more. Many questions were answered and areas for me to improve on that I had not been aware of has so helpful. And on top of all that my whole self and spirit has been inspired by our facilitators and fellows participants. I made friends and people I could go to for questions and I found another community full of love, acceptance and desire to learn and make a real difference in this world.”
  • “First of all, I learnt how to well listen. I had not give much value to well listen to others until I came to this training. I was living with a heart full of grieve until I was here in this training to have people to listen to me and took away my grieve.”

2016 HROC International Training Participants

HROC Office Gate

Participants from Burundi

  • Niyugusaba Annette, Burundi

    Niyugusaba Annette, Burundi

  • Niyokindi Caritas, Burundi

    Niyokindi Caritas, Burundi

  • Kigeme Francine, Burundi

    Kigeme Francine, Burundi

  • Icishatse Elie Rodrigue, Burundi

    Icishatse Elie Rodrigue, Burundi

Participants from Rwanda

  • Mukayiranga Devotha, Rwanda

    Mukayiranga Devotha, Rwanda

  • Nyiraneza Gasore Diane, Rwanda

    Nyiraneza Gasore Diane, Rwanda

  • Bagenayabo Emmanuel, Rwanda

    Bagenayabo Emmanuel, Rwanda

Participants from Kenya and the USA

  • Rosalia K. Mushila, Kenya

    Rosalia K. Mushila,

  • Angelica Gehlich, USA

    Angelica Gehlich,

  • Elana Carr-Vallimont, USA

    Elana Carr-Vallimont,

Interpreter and Cooks

  • Kamanzi Innocent, Rwanda

    Kamanzi Innocent,
    Rwanda — Interpreter

  • Sibomana Egide, Rwanda — Cook

    Sibomana Egide,
    Rwanda — Head Cook

  • Munyemanzi Edouard, Rwanda — Cook

    Munyemanzi Edouard, Rwanda — Cook

HROC Facilitators

  • Peter Serete, Kenya — HROC Facilitator

    Peter Serete,
    Kenya — facilitator

  • Hirwa Jean Hubert, Rwanda — HROC co-director & facilitator

    Hirwa Jean Hubert,
    Rwanda — facilitator

  • Maniraguha Solange, Rwanda

    Maniraguha Solange,
    Rwanda — facilitator

House Parents and African Great Lakes Initiative (AGLI) Volunteers

  • Minga & Jonathan Borne

    Jonathan Vogel-Borne & Minga Claggett-Borne, USA

2016 February/March International Training

ONCE AGAIN RWANDA HROC IS HOSTING the Seventh International Training of the Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities from 21st February – 12th March in Musanze. 10 Participants from USA, Burundi, Kenya and Rwanda will spend the 3 weeks expanding their knowledge in the field of community trauma healing and building trust through participating and leading workshops. With the help of HROC leading facilitators and the experience and testimonies from the communities throughout the Training, we are looking forward to the next HROC facilitators.

Helping to Heal a Younger Generation

Report of a HROC Workshop in May 2014

FOLLOWING THE TRAINING we had with youth survivors of genocide in April, we were asked by IBUKA (genocide survivors association) in Kimonyi to have a workshop with youth survivors (or children of survivors) and youth whose parents participated in genocide or imprisoned. This workshop gathered 18 youth, 6 young men and 12 young women though we finished with 14 participants.
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HROC for Disabled Persons and their Families

HROC RWANDA RECENTLY HOSTED two Basic HROC workshops for people with disabilities and people with disabled family members.

“Many people despise us and discriminate against us because of our disabilities. Thank you HROC for working with us, listening to us, and please continue to represent us in the community.”

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Growing Together in Kibuye

IN MARCH, Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities Rwanda embarked on a Growing Together in Rwanda project hosting 2 workshops in Kibuye, Rwanda. Growing Together works to address the root causes of chronic malnutrition by providing both theoretical knowledge of proper nutrition and the practical skills needed to grow and prepare a variety of foods.
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Combine Holiday Shopping with Providing Healthcare!

10424337_10152861464811678_5676736968503653568_nYOU CAN NOW COMBINE supporting Rwandan families in need of health insurance with your holiday shopping! Please consider making a gift out of one of these lovely totes while helping HIV/AIDS affected families get the care they need.
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