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EKN Project


Grassroots advocacy

Funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the “Mvura Nkuvure: Intergenerational healing and community reconciliation” project aims at dealing with the long-lasting consequences of the politically motivated ethnic discrimination and repression which repeatedly escalated into episodes of mass killings and eventually led to a well-orchestrated genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

Community Based Sociotherapy Rwanda (CBS) and its project partners Anglican Church of Rwanda, Byumba Diocese and Prison fellowship Rwanda (PFR) have joined their efforts to specifically work on 1) facilitating the psychosocial reintegration of (ex-)prisoners, 2) addressing intergenerational legacies of the genocide that can be perceived as risk factors hampering reconciliation in the long term, and 3) the reinforcement of ownership among (local) leaders, teachers, other professionals who can be expected to make a difference in society. The three years project (2018-2021 works with people with different socio-historical backgrounds in local communities and schools in 9 districts (Muhanga, Nyamagabe, Nyanza, Rubavu, Gasabo, Karongi, Gicumbi, Burera and Rulindo) and in prisons (Muhanga, Huye, Nyarugenge, Rubavu and Gicumbi prison). Through the 250 well trained sociotherapists in both local communities and prisons, it is expected that the project will have more than 12,000 participants.