T H A R S
Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Services
Healing from the Heart of Africa
The seeds of tomorrow's wars grow in the soil of today's unhealed traumas. The seeds of tomorrow’s peace grow in the soil of today’s healing and reconciliation.
Gubganeza Hill: The Hill is Gubganeza, a Kirundi term which means “Be Refreshed” - a natural and beautiful location near Gitega city, in the center of Burundi. The perfect venue for a spiritual retreat and a nourishing setting for conferences, workshops and training courses.
Welcome to THARS!
For the past 40 years, Burundi and the surrounding African Great Lakes Region have experienced civil war, refugee problems and genocidal episodes. THARS (Trauma Healing And Reconciliation Services) is a group of psychosocial practitioners and peacemakers with headquarters in Bujumbura, Burundi. THARS practitioners contribute to healing and peacemaking in the Great Lakes Region of Africa using a holistic approach to psychosocial healing and resolution of differences for people in all walks of life. Our clients' stories of healing are a testament to the human spirit.
Launched in 2000, THARS conducts workshops, operates “listening centers”,
support groups. In 2002, the Government of Burundi registered THARS as
an independent, non-profit, inter-faith organization.
Legal Representative and graduate of George Fox University’s M.A.
program in counseling, coordinates the THARS staff.
He serves as
clinical intervention supervisor and trainer, along with an organized
support team of seven staff members who are responsible for logistics, accounting,
program administration, referrals
and secretarial help. THARS
has emphasized: 1) raising awareness
and promoting sensitization, 2) training, and 3) clinical
intervention. [learn more...]
THARS projects have been supported by U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID) for the
Victims Of Torture (VOT) project, a
cooperative effort with other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which provides the many victims of torture
in Burundi with legal assistance, advocacy, reintegration and
Other supporters have included EU, Care International, UNICEF, Swiss Cooperation, Kindernothilfe, The International Committee for the Red Cross, North Seattle Friends Church, Norwegian Church Aid, Quaker Hilfe Germany, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and private individuals.
THARS is now seeking funding to continue and expand its operations, [learn more...]