The International School of Reconciliation is a ministry of Rabagirana Ministries in Kigali Rwanda launched in 2015 to
heal the wounds after the 1994 massacre in Rwanda and serving today´s churches and nations in conflict all over the world.
Rabgirana Ministries became a member of PRN in 2017 and in February 2018 at the International Advisory Team meetings in Kigali it was decided to formalize this great
ministry into a Training Hub for Peace and Reconciliation in East Africa. PRN will use the knowledge and resources of Rabagirana to educate leaders for Peace and Reconciliation for many countries in
Africa and beyond.
The story started in 1994 to deal with the tragic consequences of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi in 1994. Different organizations have adopted the ‘Healing
the Wounds of Ethnic Conflict (HWEC)’, first designed by Dr. Rhiannon Lloyd, then contextualized by different groups so far and through workshop, conferences, mediatized messages and sharing of
testimonies, millions have found healing, forgiveness and reconciliation both at family and community levels.
In 1997, God spoke to the small team of Rabagirana that darkness will cover the earth, and that Rwanda should arise and shine because nations will come to her light
(Isaiah 60:1-3). Rwanda has seen miracles of healing, forgiveness and reconciliation, and experienced peace and stability and God fulfilled his promises by turning the testimony of change from a
nation that has suffered the worst genocide into a ‘School of Reconciliation.’
So far, teams have gone from Rwanda to many nations that have experienced conflict to share lessons learnt through the journey of national recovery. Currently more
than 4 million have been reached with the message and of healing and reconciliation, and more than 50,000 Christian leaders have been trained substantially and many of them are spreading the message
of reconciliation in their churches and communities.
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 (HWEC) 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.