Hope, Reconciliation & Peace

Using TFT to overcome trauma

Helping Heal Rwanda

Bringing peace to the people of Rwanda

The Izere Center (Hope Center) and ATFT Foundation Africa, Nyinawimana Parish, Byumba, Rwanda are Bringing Hope, Reconciliation & Peace to the People of Rwanda


After the war and the genocide of 1994, the Byumba Diocese was facing an overwhelming number of challenges.

The problems that were commonly encountered included extreme poverty, trauma, huge numbers of widows, orphans, disabled people, and the survivors, who had totally lost hope in their future.

The statistics for the Izere Center in Nyina~na Parish to date show the parish has more than

  • 3100 children have lost one parent
  • 160 HIV orphans. *61 of these children live today with HIV/AIDS.
  • 850 children who have lost both parents.
  • 372 physically handicapped people. *125 are children.
  • 1651 widows.

The large majority suffer from trauma, guilt, and anxiety. Some of the orphans live with their elderly grandparents or within other neighboring families. A large number of them are actually serving as heads of their families.

In order to provide assistance, Nyinawimana Parish has initiated The IZERE CENTER (The Hope Center for Counseling). The Center has many community-based programs like nutritional education, facilitating in the education of disabled children, peace building, conflict prevention, resolution and anger management.

There is a TFT center manned by a trained Rwandan therapist that treats clients Monday through Friday, mornings and afternoons. The people who come to the center include widows, orphans, disabled individuals, people suffering from HIV/AIDS and survivors of the Rwandan genocide living with different kinds of problems.

Help Us Continue to Bring Hope, Reconciliation & Peace to the People of Rwanda.


  • The Izere Center has no vehicles to help with its numerous activities, including transferring serious cases to district or city hospitals.
  • The Center is much too small for the number of clients we help. There is only a meeting hall, small offices, 10 small bedrooms and a poorly equipped kitchen.
  • The Center cannot pay tuition for students to continue their education up to high school.
  • The center is struggling to pay the staff , provide basic needs such as food, clothing, & school materials to the many children under our care because of its limited budget.
  • The Center and Byumba diocese is struggling to build a vocational center for orphans.

Please help if you can.

Our Mission:

Latest Izere Byumba News:

TFT Foundation Helping in Rwanda

Before the TFT arrived in Rwanda, especially in Izere Center, we had several cases of  problems  of suffering from trauma, guilt, anger, stress, disability or physical pain and other psychological problems were raising higher and higher as waves.

Many people had any hope for these problems. We tried our best to find every where someone

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IZERE Center General meeting report

On December 27th 2011, we had a general assembly of Rwandan therapists working together in Izere Center.

The Objective of this meeting was: Make coordination of all our activities during this finished year, sharing different experience about how TFT is working in our region. Another issue was giving the acquired experiences form the training

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Activities of The Izere Center

At the IZERE Center, people with trauma based and psychological problems come to be treated. There is a TFT office at the center whereby clients come from Monday up to Friday, morning and afternoon to get assisted by the trained Rwandan therapists fully present on those five days a week. The people who come to

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A Message From Joanne Callahan, ATFT Foundation

Newly Trained TFT Therapists Are Helping Support the TFT Therapists in Rwanda Who are Providing Trauma Relief for Many.

Last year we trained many new TFT practitioners.  In their trainings we told them about the ATFT Foundation’s trauma relief work and the amazing changes that are taking place because of TFT. We also shared the opportunity

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Help The TFT Foundation In Continuing Their Support to Izere Byumba!