• United Nations Commemoration of World Torture Day 22 June 2018
  • WFP Masvingo August 2020
  • Socially distanced workshop Masvingo June 2020
  • WFP Morgenster Mavhuro Garden Mwenezi 2020
  • Pro peace activities 2020
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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. Tree of Life (ToL) works in 8 of the 10 provinces across Zimbabwe, largely through a network of seasoned Community-based Facilitators. ToL also collaborates with other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) by providing capacity building in Trauma Informed Care processes, as well as through the provision of Psychoeducation services.

Between 2003 and December 2021 Tree of Life has:

  • Facilitated over 1815 three-day Trauma Healing and Empowerment Workshops for over 15,500 victims of trauma and distress
  • Trained over 200 community-based survivors as community-based trauma healing and empowerment facilitators, across 8 of 10 Provinces in Zimbabwe
  • Trained 128 community-based members as community cohesion facilitators
  • Reached 157,938 people with Covid-19 Psychosocial Support and Awareness
  • Provided psychoeducation workshops for over 11,400 people, including community leaders, youth, women, communities and NGO staff
  • Worked with youth since 2014, to create communities of peace in innovative ways, including livelihoods development and entrepreneurial mindset training
  • Developed Training modules in: Psychosocial Awareness and Coping Skills (PACS); Psychosocial First Aid (PFA); Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Practices; Self-care (SC); Covid-19, and Bereavement and Loss psychosocial support
  • Trained over 70 community-based survivors to conduct psychoeducation and psychosocial first aid workshops
  • Been in consortiums led by: World Food Programme (WFP), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Childline, Trocaire and Welthungerhilfe (WHH)
  • Collaborated with over 40 other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and received funding from over 20 Donors, including direct donor funding since 2012.
  • Conducted qualitative and quantitative research and evaluations with external evaluators, to test the efficacy of our key interventions. The studies proved that Tree of Life’s Trauma healing and PACS workshops have high levels of impact in improving mental health and improving social cohesion respectively.
  • Supported National Healing and Reconciliation processes




Tree of Life - WFP Zambuko End of Project Evaluation Report 2022 (Click Report or see end of this page for a link)

Tree of Life - WFP Zambuko Graphic Report_2022 (Click Report or see end of this page for a link)

Download the Annual Report - 2021 (Click Report or see end of this page for a link)

Download the Annual Report - 2020   (Click Report or see end of this page for a link)

Download the Annual Report - 2019  (Click Report or see end of this page for a link)

Download a healing workshop brochure  ( Click Brochure or see end of this page for a link)


Snapshot of Achievements for 2021


Snapshot of Achievements for 2020


 Art Therapy Sessions for Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Survivors: 2020






Recent Stories

“Social Cohesion” proves to be a necessary foundation for Resilience Building

Between March 2020 and June 2022, Tree of Life was an implementing partner in the World Food Programme (WFP) Zambuko Livelihoods project being conducted in ten wards across Masvingo and Mwenezi. Our role was to provide a complementary social cohesion component alongside important livelihoods development activities conducted by SNV, CIMMYT, AQUA and Mwenezi Development Training Center.

Despite the project running in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Tree of Life were able to physically conduct 137 Psychosocial Awareness and Coping Skills (PACS) workshops for 6581 people. We also thoroughly trained 128 Community Cohesion Facilitators (CCFs) across the 10 Wards. Encouraged by the positive feedback from participating communities, ToL commissioned a seasoned external evaluation company, Q-Partnership, to conduct an end of project evaluation in June 2022.

Below are a few excerpts from the Executive Summary:

Tree of Life (ToL) demonstrated strong capacity in supporting development players to increase the core resilience capacities of the communities they serve.  This was ably demonstrated through the facilitation of PACS workshops and conflict management for beneficiary communities selected to benefit from various livelihoods resilience support interventions. As an add on intervention, PACS training provided much needed mental health and stress management therapy, both fundamental building blocks for a resilient mindset….

If the momentum generated by ToL is maintained, and its gains are sustained, communities could begin to become truly resilient in the face of shocks and stressors, with internal capacity for: -

  • Coping with stress and trauma at an individual, family and community level.
  • Community collaboration.
  • Adhering to their constitutions/operating guidelines.
  • Being aware of and managing their own barriers and enablers.
  • Constructing shared community visions.
  • Designing relevant community action plans, and

Actively reducing conflict as beneficiaries seek out mutual interests.

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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