HROC 18th International Training Announcement

Sustainable Implementation of HPV in Daily School Activities

On July 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 29th 2019, HROC offered the training “Sustainable Implementation of Healing and Preventing Violence in Daily School Activities” for teachers in neighboring schools, in collaboration with Kimonyi Sector and JICA Volunteer.

Mujawamariya Christine (Sector Education Officer of Kimonyi Sector), Kwizera Jeremie (HROC Facilitator) and Risa Sonoda (JICA Volunteer in Musanze District) facilitated the training, and 88 teachers from GS Kitabura, GS Birira, CS Kivumu and Keystone School participated. They learned how they can avoid any kind of physical or verbal violence in their schools, how they can peacefully mediate children’s conflicts, and how they can apply those techniques in daily lessons with learners-centred approach.

The teachers in charge of class management received follow-up materials at the end of the training, which are to be observed by HROC once in a semester. This system enables the teachers to be continuously conscious of non-violent management and mediation at schools, and enhance the measurement of effectiveness of HPV as HROC activity.

Punishment only results in negative feedback which is “respect as fears”

Participant from GS Birira

The training was very impressive because we learned not only concepts but also how we can use and apply them technically in daily school activities

Participant from Keystone School

Peaceful education will be possible if we all can implement what we have learnt through this workshop

Participant from GS Kitabura

“The importance of ‘why'” was very important. I will develop good relationships with student through good listening

Participant from CS Kivumu

I will guide learners not by forcing them or by violence

Participant from GS Kitabura

International Day of the African Child

On June 26th 2019, HROC celebrated International Day of the African Child with neighboring schools in Kimonyi Sector.

175 students from GS Kitabura, GS Birira, CS Kivumu and Keystone joined together at HROC Conference Hall to watch a Disney animation film “Coco.”

The children made friends in other schools, enjoyed the film and learned various lessons through the story. Sector Education Officer of Kimonyi, Christine Mujawamariya facilitated children’s discussion after the film, and children from each school shared what they learned.

Some stated they saw how the 12-year-boy tried hard and never gave up attaining his dream to be a musician in spite of hardships. Some said that it is important to love and respect families. Some also mentioned the boy succeeded to meet his grand father despite his death.

It was an honor of HROC to provide this opportunity for children in our community to enjoy and learn, and to let them know our Children’s Peace Library for their further development of literacy and creativity.

This project was arranged by Risa Sonoda, a JICA volunteer working with HROC for more than a year, and supported by KOICA volunteers with theire project “Cinema Paradiso.”

HROC 12th International Training

In July, 2018, eleven international participants from South Sudan, USA, Nigeria, Kenya, and Rwanda have accomplished three week training of HROC. They deepened their understandings on trauma and its recovery processes and received certification as Healing Companion completing practice facilitation at communities.

According to their testimonies below, it seems that HROC programs are highly demanded also in their own home communities. We hope our participants will meet those needs using their knowledge and skills learnt from HROC International Training.

Testimonies of participants:

“I myself needed Hroc to heal. I know I am traumatized due to my story. I am going back home in Nigeria to help a group of widows that I am responsible of. I am also going to voulunteer muself and join a Hroc group of facilitators that is already in Nigeria”. Thank you for having me here, I really enjoyed the training, and the country, especially the Musanze climate and healty food.

Deborah, from Nigeria

“I really appreciated what Hroc is doing, I have learned a lot, and got new skills and experiences from this training. I got to understand people’s wounds the most. I work with different groups of people especially refugees, and other people that work closely with refugees such as police,,,. So we are going to organize some Hroc activities, because Hroc is already there, but there were no facilitators. Thank you for letting us coming to this one”

Rama, from USA

“I am so much thankful for I was able to attend this training. It’s a blessing to me and to my community. I got my ways out of trauma. I work with a peace organization back to Kenya, and I am taking new skills, listening to people accompanying them through healing process. I will also joing a group of facilitator in Kakamega(Kenya)”.

Joseph, from Kenya

“I am sure this program of Hroc will be very useful to my community which has know long term consequences of trauma, and still living in conflict. We will go to IDP camps to organize Hroc workshops there. Thank you so much for the training.”

Joseph, from South Sudan

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

International Training

This training is opened for everyone worldwide motivated to learn HROC philosophy and approach. The duration is for three weeks, held mostly twice a year, February and July. The great opportunity is here to meet HROC soul mates all over the world, as well as learning psychological healing processes.

Participants are no less than 10 countries so far in this fifteen years; Brundi, Uganda, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa, South Sudan, Chad, Nigeria, and United States of America.

Duration 3 weeks (21 days)
Location HROC Rwanda Center
Fee $1000 (including accommodation, three meals, domestic transport during the training, and daily support)
Quota 10~20 participants
Season February / July


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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