What impact have you had?
Participation in PEACE's programmes, allow beneficiaries to; articulate their past traumatic experiences, render them meaningful in new ways, and to envision a future for themselves and take steps towards that future.
Clients show improved interpersonal relationships,have a subjective sense of wellbeing, engage in self healing processes. They gain awareness of violence and non-violent alternatives. Impact is further demonstrated in positive changes in attitudes and behaviour concerning respect for self and caring for others.
Service providers have; greater awareness of the psychological and cultural dimension to conflict and peacemaking and deeper appreciation for how in different cultural contexts conflict is addressed and how to impart skills to beneficiaries that will ensure transforming paradigms. Also their skills are enhanced in using techniques to work with trauma victims and other persons needing psychosocial assistance.
For the past ten years, PEACE Centre offered free individual psychological counselling and psychotherapy to persons from marginalised communities. The Centre ran a children's trauma therapy centre (the latter closed in 2008 because of lack of funding) OVC care-giver support groups, Community-survivors supporters' training and supervision (as described in your idea. Since January 2009 we run the "We Are Together" project for ex-combatants, ex-detainees (who were tortured), and other traumatised individuals, which includes healing of memories work and alternatives to violence training. The Centre runs Alternative to violence training for interested community members.
In remote urban and rural areas PEACE conducts training of service providers in areas relating to trauma awareness and intervention strategies.
During June 2008 - July 2009; 166 clients benefitted from services in over 500 individual counselling or psychotherapeutic sessions.
OVC care-giver support groups: 46 women participated as direct beneficiaries,168 Children - dependents of group members - benefited indirectly.
In the CSS project, Basic Alternatives to Violence Training held in Lüderitz, Keetmanshoop, Kamajab, Korixas, Rundu, Nkurenkuru and Divundu with 130 persons participating. Basic Counselling, legal knowledge and assertiveness training in the same localities for 73 participants. Of these 39 were working actively as volunteer community supports in their communities at the time of reporting. Community supporters reported 439 supported cases to PEACE Centre, of these 233 were referred to other service providers (including Women and Child Protection Units, the police and social workers, magistates, traditional leaders, as well as other NGOs) within their communities.
Twelve children benefitted from participating in activities of this centre.
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.
The project has been running since 1996. We are anticipating of becoming substantially involved in a national child-protection programme with other stake holders (Life line/Child Line and AIDS-Law Unit of the Legal Assistance Centre - both also non-profit organisations). This project as well as the Community-survivor supporters' training will run over the next years. The latter is funded by UNICEF.
What would prevent your project from being a success?
The biggest persistant problem in PEACE Centre is identifying and ensuring continued funding for our projects. Mainly since our client communities cannot pay for the services that the Centre offers. Funders generally provide money for projects, but not for salaries, and although staff-turnover is low, insecurity in this regard is high.