Reconciliation of Refugees Returning from Exile.

by Innovations in Peacemaking Burundi
Reconciliation of Refugees Returning from Exile.

Project Report | Sep 13, 2023
IPB august 2023 narrative report

By Elie NAHIMANA | Project leader

Participants follow the workshop with interest
Participants follow the workshop with interest
  1. Introduction

The quarter of September, October and November each year is a crucial period when Self Help Groups share what they have gained in each one’s savings.

It’s a period we expect to have some divergences when calculating each one’s yearly savings and its gain. Reason why IPB organize nonviolent conflict management as money affairs should create some misunderstandings within the group

A two day’s workshop on that was then conducted on August 15th and 16th, 2023 in favor of twenty six (26) members of one SHG, among them twenty four women (24) and two men (2).

IPB’s experience is that, when this workshop is dispensed before sharing, the group get opportunity to present each one’s amount of money to get during the workshop and decide how the haring will look like.  Some groups prefer to get a uniform to put on that day and a special celebration where they invite their spouse.

During this workshop other themes are introduced such as the “Economic opportunities analysis and the Social Cohesion”. Participants presented some ideas on what they plan to initiate to wide their income generation.

  1. Some key stories of success


  It’s now a whole year since I participated in the trauma healing basic workshop. I was unable to share my psychological situation. Day after day I felt a need to share my emotional feeling after going through what I had learnt about trauma, its causes, symptoms and consequences. I did it with people to whom I have confidence. The trauma symptoms disappeared one by one and I acknowledged that teachings we got were true.

Today I feel safe in me and I’m opened to share what I was taking as my secret for forever.  To follow these trainings on nonviolent conflict management, mostly learn the “win - win “process, the social cohesion and the economic opportunity analysis, are added values in my life


The workshop on nonviolent management, social cohesion and economic opportunity analysis are more benefit to me. It’s a good idea to have mainly the nonviolent conflict management some days before sharing our savings and their gains.

Some among us started to spread rumors saying that our money was already used for other aims and that we don’t expect to get it on the right time.

Meaning that the nonviolent conflict management workshop was more needed today and I appreciate the fact of showing what we are going to get next week as our savings ant it gain.

We are going to prepare for that and invite our spouse for that celebration. This is honor for us women, it’s an added value. We are able to say that “together we can” behind our husband


This training is real an act of effective reintegration for us coming recently from the refugee’s camp.

I appreciate positively to have these themes during this two days’ workshop is a deepening of the trauma healing workshop that introduced us in the Self Help Group.

To have the nonviolent conflict management workshop in the period before sharing our savings and gain is real an act of social cohesion and an assurance that our money will reach us by next week. It gives us an opportunity to plan for the next investment


This workshop on nonviolent conflict management will be organized and facilitated for seven Self Help Groups (SHG).

More thanks for IPB’s donors who  

Elaborated by Elie Nahimana

overview of the participants during the workshop
overview of the participants during the workshop
Testimony sharing period
Testimony sharing period
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Innovations in Peacemaking Burundi

Location: Bujumbura - Burundi
Project Leader:
Elie Nahimana
Bujumbura , Burundi
$6,105 raised of $10,000 goal
186 donations
$3,895 to go
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