BuildaBridge DR Congo Report 2011
BuildaBridge was invited by Women in War Zones (USA) to provide arts--based psycho-social intervention with their WAMU Project in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo November 19-24, 2011. The focus of the project was to 1) train social workers related to WAMU and Panzi Hospital in arts-‐based trauma intervention; and, 2) provide arts-‐based therapeutic experiences1 to women with HIV/AIDS, those recovering from fistula surgery and from sexual violence of rape.
|Julia looks for a suitable site for the dance class.|
|An open area works well for movement.|
|Rain and People|
|The daily journey to the hospital.|
The project was held on the grounds of Panzi Hospital Monday through Thursday with art-‐making classes for the women two-‐hours per day. Classes were planned for 10 women in each class for 30 total women. Due to interest and a local decision to include all women interested the total number of women participating were over 100 women. Classes were offered in visual arts-‐mural making, dance, and photography. Each class had its own arts skills outcomes based on a theme of the journey of life and focused on hope, healing and resilience (a common theme for BuildaBridge). View PAGES for class/course descriptions.