Our partner, the Survivors Fund (SURF) has made this short film about the challenges facing the Rwandan genocide survivors we are helping.
Overcoming Trauma in Rwanda
Since 2017, our project has provided mental health support for young genocide survivors affected by post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. Some have dropped out of school, or have no access to further or higher education. By partnering with SURF (survivors-fund.org.uk/) and AERG (twitter.com/aergfamily) we are addressing a huge unmet need.
Since the project began, we have regularly asked the survivors how we can best help them. Their responses show they feel significantly better equipped to manage their symptoms. They also have a more positive and confident outlook on life since beginning our course. They tell us they are suffering less distress, and they are better able to cope and function normally. Thanks to the counselling, many of them are turning their lives around, going back to work or starting income-generating projects.