2011 Focus/Public Meetings Schedule for the IHOM

Additional Info

  • Meetings:
    DateVenueThemeObjectivesTarget groupPerson responsible
    03/30/11Trauma Centre SANTOC- Provincial network meeting of Torture Rehabilitation Service Providers To present a new booklet on torture rehabilitation in South Africa: “Drawing on lessons from the past: Towards a fuller realization of the right to rehabilitation for survivors of torture in South Africa” Assess the feasibility of continuing provincial network meetings of service providers to improve referrals of torture victims, build knowledge and capacity in the rehabilitation sector and form a platform for torture local advocacy work.Partners, stakeholders, scholars, psychological, legal, medical, torture survivors, faith based and communitiesAlphonse
    03/16/11Khayelitsha or NyangaA follow up dialogue on Community HealingOne of the recommendations that came up from our last dialogue is to conduct series of dialogues on community healing in our communities. To reflect on the dynamics and issues that hinders the community healing in our new Democratic Society. Drawing lessons from community healing initiatives and use them to address these issues To encourage dialogues and mutually beneficial community healing initiatives to strengthen interaction and enhance social cohesionCommunities structures, communities leaders, community members, civil societies that are working in communities, faith based, migrants, etc
    06/26/11Mowbray Town HallTorture: International Day in Support of Torture Victims. Torture on the rise despite democracy. Say NO to Torture and violence and strengthen our democracy. Joint activity with Trauma Centre Rehabilitation organizations/centres and human rights organizations around the world celebrate the UN’s International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on June 26 each year. The day serves as a reminder to people that torture is a crime. This event gives everyone a chance to unite and voice their opinions against human torture. Psychosocial, medical, communities members, partners, stakeholders, government, students, etcAlphonse
    31 AugustDistrict Six or Slavery LodgeSlavery- Slavery then and now: the road to reconciliation and healingSlavery has had far reaching spiritual, economic, social, psychological, and political impacts in our society. How the impact of slavery is still affecting and shaping our ways of thinking and operating toady?Youth, scholars, all communities from different background, partners, etcAlphonse
    10/26/11Mowbray Presbiterian Church The role of interfaith communities to promote restorative justice, healing and reconciliation process Issues to be discussed: challenges in our faith communities towards healing and reconciliation; language used by ministers; initiatives that different faith communities are involving in the context of healing and reconciliation; drawing lessons from these initiatives and practical suggestions to encourage dialogues to strengthen interaction and enhance social cohesion.Faith ministers+ communities, Western Cape Council of Churches, Foundation for Church led Restitution.Alphonse (to discuss this ideas with Rev. Gidi, Rev. A. Kose(Langa) and Dr. Deon)

Donations and Bequests

A Healing of Memories workshop is a liberating experience, and for many people the first time they are given the opportunity to tell their stories of pain, suffering and oppression. Feelings of anger, hatred and the need for revenge begin to be overcome, and are replaced with a willingness to consider forgiveness and reconciliation. This holds true not only for South Africans, but also for people in other countries where experiences of war and oppression continue to impact on their lives.

As you reflect on your last wishes please consider making a bequest to the Institute for Healing of Memories.

The donations and bequests we receive give more people the opportunity to liberate themselves from the past by attending a Healing of Memories workshop. Should you wish to make a further donation, you may make a direct deposit into our bank account, or post a cheque to the appropriate address listed below. As we would like to thank each of our donors personally, we would appreciate your advising us of a direct deposit by email or by mail at the addresses given on the Donations page.

Your support is greatly appreciated.
With all good wishes
Fr. Michael Lapsley SSM