Kigali : A new three years period Community-based Sociotherapy program (CBSP) in eight districts (South : Muhanga, Nyamagabe ; Norh : Gicumbi, Rulindo ; West : Karongi, Rubavu ; Esat : Bugesera and Gatsibo) was launched Tuesday at Remera Sports View Hotel.
This project, which was initiated in 2005 by Anglican Church of Rwanda Diocese of Byumba, is a contribution to the efforts undertaken by the Government to the effects of the horrific 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
It aims to rebuild and reconciliate Rwandan community by helpinging people to talk each other and resolve their problems. Referring to The United Kingdom and Netherlands, where it was firstly imprimented, sociotherapy also changes attitudes from learning from the neighbor.
“This program will heal Rwandan wounds which persists”, the Executive Secretary of the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC), Dr Jean Baptiste Habyarimana noted. “It will tight the contribution to the consolidation of the successes of Gacaca courts”, he added.
Rt Rev. Emmanuel Ngendahayo, Bishop of the Anglican of Rwanda Byumba Diocese said that this program was expanding towards the other parts due to its high capacity of dealing with many problems in a short time.
Leoni Margarita Cuelenaere, Ambassador of the Netherlands in Rwanda, mentioned that every sector is involved in this program which re-unit the community. “What I expect is a lot ; I expect that the process of reconciliation will get an new push”, she said.
Since 2005, Community-based Sociotherapy program (CBSP) has proven to be able to significantly contribute to rebuild Rwandan society in the creation of trust and respect. It played a key role in the post-Gacaca period.
More than 10,000 people have been participated in this program. Among them, NGOs like IRCT, ARAMA and Uyisenga n’Imanzi trained by Anglican Church of Rwanda Diocese of Byumba, integrated the systemic and community based approaches in fighting GBV and providing services to survivors.
From August 2013 to July 2016, Community-based Sociotherapy program will be implemented by a consortium of four Rwandan NGOs which are Prison Fellowship Rwanda, EAR/Byumba Diocese, Duhumurizanye Iwacu Rwanda (DIR) and another organization to be identified.
Within this program, The National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC) has an overall strategic supervision by under the financial support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rwanda.
Community-based Sociotherapy program will be closely monitored through a Participatory Action Research (PAR) method, which will be also form the basis for an inter-national ‘linking and learning’ approach.