• 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 June 2017 we have:

  • Facilitated over 1425 trauma healing workshops for close to 11,800 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 community commemorates the 26 June International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

On Friday 23 June 2017, over 140 Tree of Life Facilitators, staff and partners came together to stand in solidarity with victims of torture from around the world. Together, we travelled down memory lane and heard the story of the first Tree of Life healing workshop for Zimbabwean victims of torture, held in South Africa on 26 June 2003. Since then, Tree of Life has conducted over 1400 community-based trauma healing and empowerment workshops for close to 12,000 victims of violence.  During the event, the Tree of Life Director thanked the Big Tree facilitators for “Supporting Life After Torture”. All of the Tree of Life community-based facilitators are survivors of violence, who have felt the need to support the healing journey of many more people that also struggling with trauma. As a group, we sent out special prayers to victims of torture from the four corners of the earth: North, South, East and West. Each person wrote down names and prayed for those who have supported them in their healing journeys. The day ended in true Tree of Life fashion - with singing, dancing, eating and celebrating life in togetherness!

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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