- Consultancy for strategic policy, project management, M&E, and staff training.
- Audio-visual materials on peace and development.
- Model Village to demonstrate peace and development.
In the Umucyo Nyanza Women’s Association Project, we support a group of women in the South of Rwanda on their journey to reconciliation and economic sustainability.
Nonviolent Communication Introduction with
Never Again Rwanda Volunteers
Volunteers of Never Again Rwanda (NAR) organized a session on introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC). It was their own initiative; they mobilized human and financial resources to implement this activity. The team of facilitators was composed of Anne Dietrich, Floriane Niyungeko, (both from CRASPD), Thibaut Ishimwe and Dismas Nsengiyaremye (PIASS students and, at the same time NAR volunteers).
The session took place on March 10, 2019 at NAR Huye Field Office. In the session, 11 volunteers were introduced to the definitions of conflict and violence, the link between the two concepts and their origins. The volunteers were also introduced to NVC, its background, history and purpose, and the four steps of NVC. All along the session, the participants were engaged in interactive exercises on feelings and needs. When the volunteers come back from holidays in April, there will be two additional sessions to continue this series of introduction to NVC.
Nonviolent Communication Practice Group
The practice group of Nonviolent Communication (developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, see www.cnvc.org) practitioners at PIASS is meeting every month.
Opening minds and hearts – NVC practice resumed after COVID-related break
The Nonviolent Communication practitioners who had been participating in different workshops and trainings from 2017 to 2019 decided, after a short break, to resume monthly meetings. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss how to live empathically, listen actively and express ourselves honestly, especially when things get heated due to misunderstandings and conflicts. Last time, seven people joined, and we worked on three different situations that one of us had experienced recently or was still facing: one was about an encounter with a police commander who ordered one of the participants to enter a police van where there were already many people crammed inside. When he told the police commander that he did not want to enter the vehicle because he was afraid to contract the coronavirus, the police commander responded, “But others are doing it.” He replied, “Yes, but I am really scared, and I want to be safe,” the commander paused and ordered a policeman to accompany him on the walk to the stadium where others were already gathered to receive the education about the COVID-19 measures. The second situation was about a conflict between siblings, where our participant was a third party. We encouraged her to imagine what her sisters were feeling and needed and supported her to find ways to express her empathy in a way that might help the siblings feel heard. The third was about a superior who was scared about the ‘harsh’ behavior of an employee towards his clients, who, through some empathic listening found out that the feelings and needs of the employee were not met by the work she was doing: She needed an occupation where she would not have to deal with clients coming with their personal burdens, because her own life was already very difficult. She felt overwhelmed and needed ease; after speaking about this situation, the superior asked the employee if she would be willing to do another work that would not confront her with the clients’ problems, and she happily accepted.