• World Torture Day 22 June 2018, Walk of Respect
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Tree of Life

The Tree of Life Trust Zimbabwe is a non-governmental organisation whose vision is to create a healed and empowered society that puts its energy into processes of peace, recovery and reconciliation. We provide community-based mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) approaches that help people living with trauma to reconnect with self, nature, family and community.

Between 2003 and September 2018 we have:

  • Facilitated over 1527 trauma healing workshops for close to 12,600 victims of organised violence and torture
  • Trained over 150 community-based survivors as volunteer trauma healing facilitators
  • Provided psychoeducation workshops for over 1500 people, including community leaders, youth, women, communities and NGO staff
  • Trained over 70 community-based survivors to conduct psychoeducation workshops
  • Conducted qualitative and quantitative research with the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) and the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU)

We monitor impact by measuring improvements in mental health outcomes of our beneficiaries, using the World Health Organisation SRQ-20 as a screening and follow-up tool.

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Recent Stories

First Quarter of 2019 with Tree of Life

So far, 2019 has been a challenging year for Zimbabwe.

The stay-away and subsequent violence in urban areas in January, and the devastating cyclone in the Eastern Highlands in March, have caused considerable distress and trauma. The huge numbers of people affected and the sheer scale of the trauma is such that Tree of Life needed to adapt our healing activities to meet immediate needs for coping skills before deeper healing processes can be delivered.

In response, Tree of Life, with support from CVT, developed a psychological First Aid (PFA) intervention. This aimed to give community members “tools” to cope with the immediate effects of the trauma (panic attacks, flash backs, palpitations, nightmares, depression, suicidal feelings etc).

Using START funds, channelled through Trocaire, we firstly trained over 110 community Facilitators in PFA techniques. These Facilitators then rolled out the PFA in their communities reaching over 850 people in less than two weeks.

The response from the communities was overwhelmingly positive …

“The PFA training was short but empowering. It enlightened us on how to identify and approach survivors”

“The process helped us to be cool and calm when approaching survivors. The process removed fear from us.”

Tree of Life has received numerous requests for additional PFA activities and see this approach being particularly important in the cyclone affected areas to support communities regain hope for the future.

Our Principles

  • Do no harm
  • The ‘Circle’ is key
  • We work by invitation
  • Apolitical, non-partisan, inclusive
  • Balance competence and compassion
  • Always guard the integrity of the process
  • Be culturally appropriate, organic and adaptable
  • We work with humility, compassion, patience and respect
  • We are group-based, community-based and evidence-based
  • Work in the community, with the community for the community
  • We honour our interrelatedness and connectedness with each other and with nature
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