Add charts and an overview of the outcomes of the previous program
The NGO Community Based Sociotherapy (CBS), aims at consolidating and sustaining the successes of the Community Based Sociotherapy Program 2014- 2016 (CBSP) and continuing to implement sociotherapy in areas where sociotherapy has already taken root, while extending its implementation to other areas in Rwanda and the region. Over the years, sociotherapy has proven to be very effective in terms of linking processes of healing and reconciliation; facilitating processes of building problem-solving capacity (for instance related to the payment of reparation fees assigned by Gacaca, family conflicts, and land conflicts); facilitating bottom-up socio-economic development; and ease community processes aimed to achieve gender equality. The successes of CBSP justify the consolidation, continuation and extension of its intervention for at least the next four years.
The objectives of the sociotherapy approach as introduced in Rwanda are: a) foster feelings of dignity, safety and trust among all people who are affected by war, genocide and their aftermath; b) reduce mental and social distress; c) capitalize on the vital human capabilities that enable individuals and the entire community to break through the obstacles that prevent living together in peace and facilitate processes of interpersonal and inter-group reconciliation; d) eliminate disturbed and delayed socio-economic development and e) break through the intergenerational transmission of trauma and violence. That brings us to the overall objective of this strategic plan, which is to contribute to psychosocial recovery from a history of political violence and social change for the promotion of sustainable peace across the generations.