Tree of Life 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 psychosocial community-based approaches that help people living with trauma to reconnect with self, nature, family and community.
Our core intervention is the Tree of Life Trauma Healing and Empowerment Workshop. Using the tree as a metaphor for life, a healing workshop combines the concepts of storytelling, healing of the emotions, reconnecting with the body and with nature, and re-establishing a sense of self-esteem and community.
The process is driven by survivors of organised violence and torture who, after undergoing the healing process, volunteer to help to heal others.
Over 150 volunteers have been trained as Tree of Life healing facilitators and over the last 14 years. Also, around 1495 trauma healing workshops have been held for close to 12,400 people.
A healed and empowered society that puts its efforts into peace, recovery and reconciliation
To support communities, throughout Zimbabwe, in building peace and reconciliation from the bottom up, linking to national processes and activities as they emerge
- Healing People
Survivors of violence supported to heal and overcome past trauma
- Helping others to heal others
Increased capacity to reach more people with healing and reconciliation processes
- Linking healing to other aspects of community life
Increased social interaction and organized support systems at community level
- Learning from and communicating about our work
Strengthened Research, Advocacy and Communications
- Building the platform that best serves the work
Strengthened Organisational capacity
Theory of change
If trauma is dealt with through a group-based community-rooted process, including both victims and key people, then social-cohesion will increase, enabling reconciliation, justice, peace and development to happen
What we do
Trauma Healing and Empowerment (TH&E) workshops for victims of violence;
Psychosocial Awareness and Coping Skills (PACS) workshops to build community cohesion;
Psychosocial First Aid (PFA) workshops to help communities cope with sudden shocks;
COVID-19 Psychosocial, Bereavement and Loss Support to communities;
Referrals as part of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS) continuum of care;
Trauma Informed Care (TIC) and Trauma Awareness workshops for other NGO’s;
Self-Care workshops for organisations working in challenging conditions;
Training and Capacity Building for volunteer community-based facilitators;
Working with young people to create communities of peace;
Collaborations with other like-minded organisations and networks;
Supporting National healing and reconciliation processes.
Tree of Life is a registered Trust (MA000900/2010)