Monday, March 11, 2013

Arts for Hope Bukavu

The Team

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.

Panzi Hospital
Panzi Hospital

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.

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