• 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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First Quarter of 2019 with Tree of Life

So far, 2019 has been a challenging year for Zimbabwe.

The stay-away and subsequent violence in urban areas in January, and the devastating cyclone in the Eastern Highlands in March, have caused considerable distress and trauma. The huge numbers of people affected and the sheer scale of the trauma is such that Tree of Life needed to adapt our healing activities to meet immediate needs for coping skills before deeper healing processes can be delivered.

In response, Tree of Life, with support from CVT, developed a psychological First Aid (PFA) intervention. This aimed to give community members “tools” to cope with the immediate effects of the trauma (panic attacks, flash backs, palpitations, nightmares, depression, suicidal feelings etc).

Using START funds, channelled through Trocaire, we firstly trained over 110 community Facilitators in PFA techniques. These Facilitators then rolled out the PFA in their communities reaching over 850 people in less than two weeks.

The response from the communities was overwhelmingly positive …

“The PFA training was short but empowering. It enlightened us on how to identify and approach survivors”

“The process helped us to be cool and calm when approaching survivors. The process removed fear from us.”

Tree of Life has received numerous requests for additional PFA activities and see this approach being particularly important in the cyclone affected areas to support communities regain hope for the future.

  • zambuko Workshop participants socially distanced
  • WFP Zambuko Project Masvingo Ward 12 Oct 2020 flipchart
  • WFP Zambuko Project Masvingo Ward 17 - Oct 2020 cold weather1
  • WFP Zambuko Masvingo Ward 12 Washing point at workshop.
  • WFP Zambuko Project - Masvingo Ward 17 - Oct 2020
  • WFP Zambuko Project Masvingo Ward 10 Aug 2020 workshop
  • WFP Zambuko Masvingo Ward 6 social distancing Sept 2020 workshop
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  • prayer to victims of torture, 26 June
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