The Center is unique. Nkuranga Alphonse, the Executive Secretary of the National Youth Council states that he is aware of nothing else like the RYHC. The Center operates a special, defining and distinctive model that is uniquely appropriate for Rwandese culture and the aftermath of genocide.
Emotional healing takes place in the context of “family” groups of other survivors, cultural activities that now can earn income for the Center, and empowerment from employment and leadership roles.
Our Family groups come together in Ruhango, Rwanda on a monthly basis on a “Program Day.” During these Program Days, youth discuss a range of topics and participates in various activities that help to combat isolation and to facilitate healing. Each youth shares his or her experiences (e.g. personal successes and struggles), forge friendships, plays a sport, dances, sings, and works on establishing personal goals.
The sense of family goes beyond peer counseling, and truly emanates love and acceptance for all who attend.