- 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 at PIASS
The practice group of Nonviolent Communication (developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, see www.cnvc.org) practitioners at PIASS is meeting every month.
Unfortunately, our October meeting was cancelled due to heavy rain on the scheduled day of the meeting. In the November, we started working with the “Enemy Image Process”: This is an approach that emphasizes the need to have self-empathy, that is, an empathy for the strong emotions we may have in response to the harmful, scary, frustrating, etc. behaviors and statements of another. Equally, it encourages us to empathize with the reasons, such as the feelings and needs, that may have led the person to say or do harmful, scary, or frustrating things that resulted in a hostile relationship.