• TOL Zimbabwe
  • TOL Zimbabwe
  • TOL Zimbabwe
  • TOL Zimbabwe
  • TOL Zimbabwe
  • TOL Zimbabwe

Tree of Life

The Tree of Life Trust Zimbabwe is a non-governmental organisation whose vision is to create a healed and empowered society that puts its energy into processes of peace, recovery and reconciliation. We provide community-based mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) approaches that help people living with trauma to reconnect with self, nature, family and community.

Between 2003 and August 2017 we have:

  • Facilitated over 1495 trauma healing workshops for close to 12,400 victims of organised violence and torture
  • Trained over 150 community-based survivors as volunteer trauma healing facilitators
  • Provided psychoeducation workshops for over 1500 people, including community leaders, youth, women, communities and NGO staff
  • Trained over 70 community-based survivors to conduct psychoeducation workshops
  • Conducted qualitative and quantitative research with the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) and the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU)

We monitor impact by measuring improvements in mental health outcomes of our beneficiaries, using the World Health Organisation SRQ-20 as a screening and follow-up tool.

 

Clinical Cases before TOL Healing

 

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Recent Stories

Tree of Life celebrates 39 new Community-Based Facilitators!

On 3 November 2017 the Tree of Life community held their final All Partners meeting for the year. The occasion was particularly special as we also held a graduation ceremony for 39 new Community-Based Facilitators. To date over 130 survivors from 16 communities have completed their training as Trauma Healing and Empowerment Facilitators. They have undergone an intensive training process (for 2 years or more) and are now able to support their respective communities on their healing journeys. During the event some facilitators shared powerful testimonies of personal transformation and community reconciliation, as a result of working with Tree of Life. Over 130 people graced the occasion, including CSO partners and some special invited guests. Also present at the occasion were over 30 young people who are part of our Youth Empowerment for Peace Project (YEPP).  Together we celebrated the new members to “the Big Tree”, as well as our combined achievement of conducting 268 healing and empowerment workshops for 2200 people in 2017, as well as 45 Psychoeducation workshops for 450 people.

Our Principles

  • Do no harm
  • The ‘Circle’ is key
  • We work by invitation
  • Apolitical, non-partisan, inclusive
  • Balance competence and compassion
  • Always guard the integrity of the process
  • Be culturally appropriate, organic and adaptable
  • We work with humility, compassion, patience and respect
  • We are group-based, community-based and evidence-based
  • Work in the community, with the community for the community
  • We honour our interrelatedness and connectedness with each other and with nature
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