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Feb 20, 2020

Progress report: Transformational Mediation

This report gives updates about Friends Peace House’s efforts to equip inmates through Transformational mediation. This report covers the period between 19th November, 2019 and  15th February,2020

In the previous report the following were the changes we expected:

      Training 50 new inmates in December 2019.

      Carrying out 4 more workshops.

On 20th December, 2019, Friends Peace House received 1,236 USD from GlobalGiving. This motivated us to train more prisoners and prisoner’s guards and prison staff than planned. Eighty new prisoners from Ngoma and Musanze Prisons have been trained and 53 prison staff (Guards and other prison workers) have been trained. In the follow ups done, we found that sometimes there are disputes between the prisoners and their guard or prison staff; we noticed that it is not easy for a prisoner to interpose between a prisoner and a guard or staff person and that prison staff need skills that will help them to live peaceful with inmates without harm or conflict. This is why Friends Peace House decided to train some prison staff so that they can cooperate with inmates to resolve disputes that may arise between prisoners and prison staff. We have trained 53 guards.

From 19th November, 2019, 133 persons (67 females and 66 males) were trained as follow:

 - From 2nd - 4th December,2019 : 20 female inmates of Ngoma prison

- From 16-18 December, 2019: two groups were trained simultaneously in Musanze prison located in Northern province of Rwanda, one for Inmates (30 mixed inmates: 15 females and 15 males), another for prison staff (9 females and 19 males)

- From 27th -29th January,2020: 30 new prisoners from Musanze prison were trained (16 females and 14 males)

- From 4th -6th February,2020: 25 prison staff were trained ( 7 females and 18 males)

From the beginning of the project, Friends Peace House trained 169 people detailled  as follow:

      -11 facilitators (5 females and 6 males)

      - 76 female inmates

      - 29 male inmates

      - 53 prison staff ( 16 females and 37 males)

Total: 169 (97 females and 72 males)

All the training done from 19th November, 2019 Friends Peace House used both pre and post-test to evaluate the knowledge before and after the training. This helped Friends Peace House to evaluate the quality of our workshops. We are confident that our facilitators are experienced and qualified to provide workshops of good quality.

We are very grateful to Ms. Curci who helped a lot with fundraising and assisted our facilitators in the last trainings. We are very gratul for her interest in mediation work. 

A quote from one of the prison staff we trained: "Transformational mediation is an amazing program, because it helps a lot in restoring broken relationships.Transformational mediation is not only providing skills to mediate for people, but also helps people to avoid and prevent conflict."

Feb 18, 2020

Progress report on the project of startup toolkit

This report concerns the project of HELPING VULNERABLE YOUTH WITH START UP KITS proposed by Friends Peace to support the graduate of its school named “ Mwananshuti TVET”. Many children, whether because they are orphans, or come from the lowest socio-economic classes, find themselves in very vulnerable situations and are unable to get the education they need to survive. Without the efforts of Mwananshuti, many of our students would be forced to return to living on the street or lose food security and the ability to make ends meet.

The students we are trying to help find themselves vulnerable and disadvantaged as a result of the lasting effects of the genocide against the Tutsis, indirect victims of conflict. This project proposed a financial contribution of 9,966 USD. This is thesum requested for donations which did not receive any responses. The sum represents the estimated cost of providing start-up kits to our graduating students to enable them to provide for themselves after finishing their classes.

Friends Peace House encourages donors to consider this project. Friends Peace House is asking for support specifically to be able to provide start-up kits to students upon their graduation and completion of their internships. We believe that although teaching the necessary skills is an essential part of educating these vulnerable students, to truly give them a sustainable foundation they also need to be provided with certain tools to be able to put their new skills to use.

Nov 18, 2019

Mediation work update

Friends Peace House trains people to be able to mediate conflicts in their communities and work with their community to decrease violence resulting from conflicts.

Target Group: prisoners, who could themselves benefit from this training and who have the capacity to use these skills to benefit prisons and their communities in return.

This report concerns the project of transformative mediation carried out by Friends Peace House in prison. This year, a financial contribution of 6,701,591Rwfr was deposited to the account of Friends Peace House, in January 2019. The funding aimed at carrying out 15 workshops on transformative mediation to improve the prisoners’ knowledge to fight against all forms of violence, both in prisons and in the community after their release.

To date, 25 prisoners have been trained, of whom 10 have been able to return to their respective communities and have become mediators and trainers for Friends Peace house. Friends Peace House has also trained 11 other trainers and mediators. 5 157 432 Rwfr has ben used for workshops, follow up, and field visits.

 Project Changes

  1. Friends Peace House expected to train 450 inmates from 5 prisons, but due to limited funds, FPH trained 25 inmates of Ngoma prison, 11 trainers, and will train 50 new inmates in December 2019. In total 86 will be trained (11.1% of the targeted number).
  2. The project that was submitted to Global Giving was supposed to come up with 15 workshops. FPH was only able to conduct 4 workshops so far but will carry out 4 moreworkshops.
  3. FPH expected to get 19,547, 099 Rwfr to run the transformative mediation program, but FPH received 6,701,591 Rwfr (34.2%).


  • Through the workshops we learned that when there is not conflict transformation, mediation cannot bring peace; parties have to be aware that it is not us against them but us against the problem.
  • FPH and its trainers also learned many skills from inmate practices for handling conflict.

On 12th November a field visit was organized to meet with the inmate mediators and come up with an updated report. FPH mediators met with 15 inmates since 10 among the 25 trained had been released. The most significant outcome was establishing the mediation rooms in Ngoma prison. Other significant impacts in prisons and in the community included the following:

  • 73 cases were resolved with a settlement rate of around 91% of all cases received for mediation.
  • The referral of 16 cases to FPH mediators saved time and resources for civil court judges. All the cases were handled by FPH mediators.
  • Mediation skills are being used to prevent or deal with conflict in the prison and community.
  • Relationships are being saved between inmates, students, and community members.
  • People are using mediation skills in business situation.
  • People are using mediation skills with close family members.
  • Participants have become professional mediators.
  • Among 10 released prisoners, 3 finished their setences, 3 received a presidential pardon, and 4 were released because they had exemplary behaviors.

The following are the challenges that the mediators presented:

  • Sometime the parties in conflict slow down and become silent. In such a situation, it is a challenge for the mediators to help such people. The mediators FPH trained recommended getting a refresher on how to continue asking questions that could bring back the process.
  • The limited number of mediators relative to the number of cases of conflict was a challenge: sometimes, the parties are not comfortable with some mediators, and having a larger number of mediators can increase the choices of parties in conflict.


Muziranenge Vestine (Social worker, Ngoma Prison):

“I came to work in Ngoma prison three months ago. In my previous endervours, I encountered many violence cases. When I reached here, things were totally different. The mediators are working hard to solve and bring back the relationships broken. The thing that touched me is the methodology of mediation where the mediators accompany the parties in conflict and facilitate them to solve their conflict. This leads to transformation. Mediators are contibuting a lot to handle conflict and dispute; I can testify that mediation has played a great role in Ngoma prison; every one here can say the same thing.”

Inmate X who didn’t want her name to appear:

“When I was called to mediate for the first time, I was not confident and thought things would be worse. I tried using reflection, summarizing, asking open-ended questions, and silence skills. Fortunately I facilitated the parties in conflict and they came up with a solution. I was very happy and the two people are now friends. Since then, I felt confident to mediate different cases of conflicts. I mediated 4 cases and all of them passed through.”


“I’m confident that students are receiving mediation service here at Mwananshuti (a school that helps vulnerable youth, created by Friends Peace House). Having mediators and a listening room here at school is a solution for promoting good relationships between children of different backgrounds that we receive here. I used the mediation skills to facilitate mediation between 4 students, and at school there is a good environment of peace and tolerance.”

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