GAERG partners with RBC to train Community Based Counselors

GAERG in partnership with RBC has conducted a 2 day training of 212 GAERG members to increase their knowledge on trauma management and first aid, to become Community Based Counselors (CBCs).

25 years after the genocide against Tutsi, Trauma and PTSD related problems persist amongst the Genocide survivors and continue to be transmitted from one generation to another. Trauma and PTSD are among the major problems to the well being of mental health of Rwandans especially Genocide survivors.
The 2018 Rwanda Mental Health Survey shows that major depressive episode is the most prevalent disorder among genocide survivors aged 24-65 at 35% followed by post traumatic stress disorder rated at 28%.

According to the Ministry of Health/RBC (Rwanda Biomedical Center); Traumatic crises experienced during the commemoration period signal that the issue is still high. Following the recently launched project AHEZA Healing and Career Center, GAERG is striving to strengthen the capacity of its members in trauma management so that they may provide significant contribution to their fellow genocide survivors and members of the community. Supported by RBC, GAERG is running “AHEZA Project” with objective to reduce trauma related issues among genocide survivors through creation of Healing/Self-help groups in survivors’ settlement and in AERG sections across the country.

The project target is to create 318 healing/Self Help groups (212 groups in survivor’s villages and 106 in AERG both University and High school). The objective is that 6,360 individuals will directly benefit form this project; including 3500 GAERG members. The project is a continuous effort of GAERG’s HOBERA UBUZIMA Project which is an outreach commitment whereby each of 106 GAERG families visit one survivor’s village and an AERG section quarterly.

The partnership with RBC drove to the five-day training which started today in Musanze District, attended by professional psychologists from GAERG and AVEGA to advance their capacities in the career. The training aims at preparing these professional psychologists who will play a mentorship, supervision, and coordination role at the district level during the 25th commemoration of the Genocide Against Tutsi.