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Kumekucha: It’s a New Dawn

Project led by : 

Green String Network

Geographical Area
East Africa
Theme
Peace and Security

This community-led social healing program addresses symptoms of trauma, guides discussions on violent extremism, forgiveness and reconciliation, and deconstructs entrenched cycles of violence at community and societal levels.

Project

Trauma is not only a consequence of violence: it is also a driver of instability. Based in Africa, Green String Network (GSN) is an African NGO working at the intersection of peacebuilding and applied psychology.

Kumekucha: It’s a New Dawn is a community-led social healing program addressing symptoms of trauma, guides discussions on violent extremism, forgiveness and reconciliation and deconstructs entrenched cycles of violence. The methodology allows the development of images and stories based on context and cultural understanding, using traditional healing practices. This approach appears to be a basis for stabilization and peacebuilding, governance and development efforts. The project is being developed in different locations in Kenya: Mombasa and Majengo, Nairobi.

In the coming year, project leaders expect to deepen their research on peace and violence, expand support to different actors and demonstrate their impact's work. In view of trauma, they aim to design the first programme specifically designed for mediation to facilitate talks and peace agreements between Sudan and South Sudan. To achieve these objectives, it is necessary to find partners and develop local networks. The Scale-up Committee of the Paris Peace Forum provides personalized advice and help the project to strengthen its work based on research, demonstrate its findings and conclusions, gain visibility, and develop new partnerships.

Organization

Green String Network (GSN) is a non-profit organization that brings together professionals working on peacebuilding, trauma-sensitive healing practices, research and learning. These initiatives are led by local partners who take ownership of the healing program in their home communities. In recent years, the application of trauma practices had a positive impact on communities in some of the world's most fragile regions.

In Kenya, GSN works in partnership with the County Government of Mombasa. The Government, accompanied by a wide variety of actors, officially launched the Mombasa County Action Plan to prevent and combat violent extremism in May 2017.

NEWS

28 March 2019: Launch of the Trauma Informed Initiative for the National Police Service Program (TII-NPS).

1 - 5 April 2019: Participation in the International Learning Event organized by Catalyst for Peace in Sierra Leone.

May 2019: Organization of a Forum in Mombasa (Kenya).

27 - 29 May 2019 : Participation in the event Remembrance, Trauma transmission & Experiential Learning, international and interdisciplinary symposium, organized in Turku (Finland).

18 - 19 June 2019: Participation in the Forum European Development Days in Brussels (Belgium).

July 2019: A short program film won the "building peace" category at the SDGs in Action Film Festival. The film will be showcased in New York (United States), at the High-Level Political Forum.

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