Trauma-informed peacebuilding innovation becomes a movement driven by local partners. It incorporates low-resource methods building upon cultural practices and traditions. The methodology uses local folktales, case studies, and artwork allowing participants to easily connect and understand complex ideas.
Kumekucha focuses on the transformative power of what is often overlooked – the courage and grace of ordinary people; the communal impulse to be whole again; the will to move past the ravages of violence; and the cultural wealth of traditions and practices of reconciliation. Emphasis is given to narratives which help individuals and groups break the “cycles of violence”, developing community-led peace initiatives. Leadership at all levels is engaged in an effort to support the break-away from a victimhood mentality.
There is a direct link between levels of trauma in vulnerable communities and their challenges faces with access to justice, security, and overall social wellbeing. Persistent insecurity and structural violence result in both individual and collective trauma. Symptoms associated with trauma affects all levels of society including aspects of governance and security. Kumekucha, is community volunteer programs focusing on providing a safe space for participants to explore issues of violence.