Psychosocial wellbeing and mental health

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Reconciliation & restorative justice

Socio-economic development and gender equality

Addressing intergenerational legacies of genocide

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About CBS

We were born to consolidate the achievements of the sociotherapy program and to continue its implementation.

Our impact

Sociotherapy has proven to be very effective in terms of linking processes of healing and reconciliation.

sociotherapy approach

Sociotherapy uses groups as a tool to establish a mutual trust for bridging and heal communities. 

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Our communities

Stories of change

In Nyarugenge prison, after a 15 week-long-journey of Mvura Nkuvure, 90 genocide prisoners commit themselves to new life orientations

Kigali – Mvura Nkuvure (community-based sociotherapy) is an approach that uses the group as a therapeutic medium to enhance psychosocial wellbeing. It facilitates an open environment for discussions and the formation of peer-support structures. Mvura Nkuvure groups...

I was not expecting much from my surroundings, but Mvura Nkuvure has provided more than expected

By Felibien H.T. After driving for one hour through the mountains of Karongi district on the shaky cobblestone road, we reached Murambi sector where sociotherapists and 14 sociotherapy participants had invited us to join their conviviality meeting. But the journey was...

CBS Rwanda commits to contribute to government endeavors in sustaining unity and reconciliation at grass-root level.

The Community Based Sociotherapy (CBS Rwanda) received last month, an authorization from the Office of the Commissioner General/ Rwanda Correction Service (RCS), for the implementation of Mvura Nkuvure Project in five prisons. As part of the initial steps of the...

Now we live as brothers and sisters

This story tells how the relationship between two distant relatives, Marianne and Marc, was destroyed during the genocide, and how it was repaired through sociotherapy. The two grew up together as brother and sister. During the genocide, Marianne was hunted and her...

I forgave my father for all the crimes he committed.

Story from Bugesera  My name is Paulo. I am 21 years old. I live in Nyamata, Bugesera District. Before joining the sociotherapy program, I was always very isolated and had a bad relationship with my parents. I grew up when my father was in prison. After he was...

I was planning to commit suicide in the bathroom

I found myself pregnant with my boyfriend, which was very traumatizing to me. I approached my boyfriend and informed him about the pregnancy. He immediately rejected me. As a consequence, I felt hopeless and developed a great fear. I was in a permanent feeling of...

Although I had killed, I only worried about my own sufferings

Stories from Muhanga Prison  My mother left my father when I was only two years old. I had no time to go to school, because I had to start working when I was very young to make sure we were able to survive. When I turned 16, I started to be in conflict with my father....

I regained hope

My name is Elina. I am a widow and mother of 3 children. I was born in 1977 in Gatsibo district, but I grew up in Rulindo district with my mother.  I remember one particular Thursday in April 1994. My mother woke up early to go to Kigali to sell vegetables. However,...

I wanted to apologize but didn’t know how

My name is Francois. I was born in 1964 in Muhanga district. I am married and a father of two children. Before the genocide, I was a farmer.. Although I participated in the genocide, I never truly had the intention inside my heart to do so.  When the genocide started,...

Sociotherapy made me understand how others suffer because of my father’s crimes

My name is Issa. I was born in 1997. Together with my mother and my three siblings I live in Rubavu district. During the genocide, my father killed people and looted their property. A couple of years later, my family went to a refugee camp in Congo. I never really...