In February 2019, Play for Peace trainers Sam and Sarah Towers visited Burundi, hosting peace sessions with students, teachers, and staff in six different schools and working with partner THARS (Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Services). Since Play for Peace uses cooperative play to release tension and help people cope with trauma, THARS was very interested in learning about its methodology and integrating Play for Peace into its sessions. After the success of these sessions, the group in Burundi officially registered as a Play for Peace club in May 2019, with THARS as its partner organization. Called the Healing Play Club, the group is eager to work with the global learning community and connect with Play for Peace clubs around the world, sharing the same values of cooperation, inclusion, caring, and fun.
Trauma Healing And Reconciliation Services (THARS) is pioneering provides resources for trauma, healing, and reconciliation in Burundi and the African Great Lakes Region. Made up of a group of psychosocial practitioners and peacemakers, the group contributes to healing and peacemaking in the local area, helping people from all walks of life to resolve their differences.
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