Healing the Wounds of History [HWH] recongises the importance of psycho-social approaches to healing through self-awareness, understanding, forgiveness and transformation and integrates these well-researched methodologies in training of professionals, teacher education as well as conferences and other events.
The HWH’s main objective is to create a community of change agents, field workers, teachers and other practitioners, who, after appropriate training, are empowered to apply the HWH approaches into their respective practices within communities in Lebanon. HWH features THREE core activities: HWH Training, Teacher Education and the Garden of Forgiveness.
HWH Training Programmes
Experiential journeys to develop awareness that without healing, compassion and forgiveness, unresolved past wounds can continue to drive us to violence.
HWH Teacher Education
A focused training to enhance teachers’ capacities to connect and respond sensitively to refugee children’s psychosocial and holistic learning needs.
Garden of Forgiveness Beirut
A sanctuary set in heart of central Beirut, amidst archaeological sites, churches, mosques and a shrine to Virgin Mary, expressing forgiveness and unity.
Latest updates on the HWH approach, process and research.
HWH in Lebanon
In Lebanon, there remains an uneasy relationship to the wars in the past. The strong sectarian and social identities that had made the wars psychologically possible are still active and transmuting, further reducing trust and heightening fears.
HWH in Rwanda
Rwanda is still trying to come to terms with its’ past, seeking novel ways to move towards a unified and peaceful future in a country where people are yet to recover from the history, divisions and genocide.
ESPERE (Hope) is designed to alleviate pain and grievances from old, past and present trauma or suffering and help individuals and groups regain their inner dignity and the ability to become free.