Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) is a type of trauma healing approach that was created in Rwanda in 2003. This program was initiated to help communities that were severely affected by the genocide and years of hatred by having 10 survivors and 10 perpetrators participate.
The first day of the HROC three day basic workshop is dedicated to looking at trauma- the definition, the causes, the symptoms and the consequences. The second day is committed to loss, grief, and mourning and offers a chance to participants to talk with one another about their own experiences. The last day of the basic workshop looks at trust and mistrust, helping participants reflect on how to build trust in communities with such a history of betrayal.
While highly successful for those affected by the genocide, the program has expanded to provide healing for people that suffer from any and all kinds of traumatic events. These include widows, persons with disabilities, youth, and marginalized groups such as the Twa (a small minority group in Rwanda) who suffer from a serious historical trauma. Touching all these three communities (the Hutu, the Tutsi, the Twa) provides the foundation of capacity building within communities to rebuild interconnectedness and trust.
The HROC Center holds about 35-40 Basic Workshops per year throughout various parts of Rwanda