How we work in Rwanda - an example

Healing and Forgiveness are strengthened when victims are helped to deal with their losses in practical way. It has become common practice that the groups that go the Healing the Wounds of Ethnic Conflict together form solidarity groups, become partners in finding solutions to their common challenges but also to the challenges of their community.

 

Some groups have formed cooperative, learn skills like soap making and do small businesses. Some have decided to form an association that help one another digging farms for the most vulnerable, raising chicken and sell eggs, or helping their community to reduce the use of fire woods by building improved stoves. The younger groups formed sport or drama teams that took messages of hope and forgiveness into their community.

In these particular pictures, we took a group of 40 Kenyans who have gone through the HWEC to fix a kitchen for a genocide survivor. The recipient of that act said:

 

"I had more than 30 members in my extended family, if they were alive they could be the people to give me a sense of belonging and all the help I could  need. I am the only survivor. All of you being in this compound is evidence that God has given me friends. Rabagirana ministries has acted as a family and now they brought you to give a hand as my new extended family." 

 

Some of the people around are bishops who are not expected to do this kind of work. They committed to do the same in Kibera, which is a very poor slums in Nairobi. 

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