Community Healing Manual Launched

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As a member of the Peace Building Network of Zimbabwe, CCMT participated in a project facilitated by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) to write and compile an eight module publication entitled Community Healing: A training manual for Zimbabwe. Twelve organisations took part in three writing workshops, held in Harare over a period of two years.

The idea of a training manual emanated from the realisation that violent conflicts result in dysfunctional, wounded and divided communities that are trapped by fear, anger and all forms of social ills that create a breeding ground for fresh cycles of violence. The manual was produced to enhance the capacity of members of the PBNZ in their peace-building work by way of a bottom-up approach that also seeks to complement the role that will be played by the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) and other local and national processes.

Specifically, the manual is intended to develop the capacity of members of the PBNZ in their efforts to heal communities devastated by political violence, as well as by future instances of violent conflict, so that peace can be sustained in Zimbabwe. It is therefore a tool to be used by civil society and other development workers to assist communities to draw a line under their past experiences of political violence and rebuild relationships based on peace and development.

The manual was launched at an event held in Harare on the 21st of May 2015.