Objectives

  • To create environments in which healing the victims of a painful past, repairing the social fabric and protecting the peace will be obtained, which is generally regarded as an objective of justice after transition.

 

  • To facilitate Rwandans to identify, acknowledge, share, and manage together their every day psychosocial problems related to the recent history of political violence and its aftermath.

 

  • To enable community members – including sociotherapy facilitators, sociotherapy participants and local leaders - to develop a sense of responsibility and ownership regarding the program, which should increase the chances of its sustainability.

 

  • To stimulate socio-economic development through income-generating activities among graduates of sociotherapy groups.

 

  • To develop comprehensive knowledge of a) the effectiveness of interventions aimed at the healing of psychosocial injuries, interpersonal reconciliation and social cohesion at a community level in a post-conflict society and of b) how and why this effectiveness is achieved.

 

  • To inform a wide national and international audience about the experiences and results of the program with the aim to mainstream the program within existing institutions in Rwanda, to cooperate with an international audience which has a (potential) interest in the intervention, and to contribute to the development of a Great Lakes consortium of organizations that implement sociotherapy.