Overall Methodologies & Strategies
Healing the Wounds of Ethnic Conflict (HWEC) workshop: this is the core mandate of WAPE. We conduct 3-day Healing and Reconciliation workshops, developed by Dr. Rhiannon Lloyd to help address the need for healing and reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda. This has proved to be very effective in Kenya and also in other countries such as Burundi, Congo and South Africa. WAPE is allowed to use the workshop and with permission apply appropriate contextualization. The Healing the Wounds of Ethnic Conflict workshop combines an interactive style of training with personal stories and Biblical teachings to facilitate dialogue, aid in the sharing of narratives, and uncover emotional beliefs and values that, when threat is encountered, overpower rational beliefs to become the platform for violence. Facilitated dialogue and discussion helps build common understanding and at the same time, create a safe place for the exploration of beliefs and prejudices that have arisen from personal and secondary experiences. The workshop helps everyone increase their awareness and understanding of positive aspects of diversity and ethnicity, the emotional and psychological effects of trauma, and the benefits of healing, forgiveness, and restored relationships. The foundation of the workshop brings together psychosocial and spiritual dynamics as participants look at how their own spiritual beliefs, a Christian worldview, and the social, psychological and systemic results of ethnic conflict come together. Opportunity is given to look at the detrimental effects of beliefs formed out of negative or traumatic experiences and generationally-learned narratives, and how these beliefs disrupt their ability to have peaceful co-existence in post-conflict society. Space is created to deal with the emotional pain and wounding that result through symbolically relinquishing the pain, blame, and the demand for revenge to Jesus. Biblical ways of living together in peace are explored through the practices of forgiveness, repentance, and creative ways to influence their community’s values and beliefs.
WAPE seeks to engage the nation at different levels so as to reach out to all levels of the community. One of the ways in which WAPE achieves this is through creative arts. This entails repackaging of reconciliation messages into songs, poems, choral verses, dramas and skits, drawings and graffiti. The vetted and selected messages are communicated to the public through public notice boards or media; print or broadcast. WAPE also engages schools in a competition for reconciliation article writing, drawings and poems.
Training of Facilitators
After follow up to evaluate personal change and ability to teach or spread the teaching through various means, we identify leaders and run a 5-day Training of Facilitators (TOF) seminar. Those who are awarded a certificate and released to form clubs, associations, small groups or teams of volunteers will take the message to the grassroots. We provide member care, logistical support, further training, pastoral care and written resources to the teams.
WAPE supports community development projects initiated by already reconciled communities. This is normally a community initiative, community driven and community owned. WAPES just plays a facilitation role.
Inter-tribal, inter-nation interactions
Way of Peace (WAPE) team attends reconciliation conferences and other events for capacity building but also to share lessons learnt and best practices with other groups in the nation, region or other parts of Africa and/or the world.
We organize rallies using sports, music, contests, drama, or cultural exposition to share testimonies and teaching with the hope of reaching as many as possible.
Debriefing refers to conversational sessions that revolve around the sharing and examining of information after a specific event has taken place. It is basically evaluating facts, events and personal reactions and assessing how the individual was affected by the event. WAPE does the following forms of debriefing Personal Debrief, This kind of debrief focuses on someone’s personal journey and timeline. Evaluating facts, events and personal reactions and assess how the individual has been affected. Organisational Debrief, This debrief focuses on strategic information important to the organisation. The debrief extracts relevant information from the individual and/or team and evaluates how people have performed, how the chain of command operates and how equipment has performed. Group Debrief, This kind of debrief is done with a group of people that do not know each other and they may have gone through the same or different experiences. Team Debrief, This kind of debrief can be either personal or organisational and is done with a team that has worked together for a purpose for a certain time and at a certain place.