Programmes

Community healing project

Community healing project

The community healing process of the Institute for the Healing of Memories is aimed to contribute to the transformation of communities by creating a space for community members to speak about their pain and trauma as individuals and members of their communities and our country. It makes the linkage of what has happened in our past, to what is happening in the present and how this impact our future. It, therefore, strives to be an agent of hope for individuals and communities, empowering them with the possibility of creating a better world for themselves and their communities.

The process facilitates

  • Creating platforms where residents can exchange ideas, initiatives and plans in order to build solidarity – across social group, class, ideology, gender, generations and other potential conflict lines.
  • The building of healing and reconciliation infrastructures that contributes to creating a peaceful society.
  • Ways of understanding each other’s spirituality: environment: and the interconnectedness of the human family.
  • The cementing of social cohesion between different social groups, classes, ideologies, genders and generations
  • It does this through building strong and trusting partnerships with individuals, organizations and institutions at various levels in society from local level to the national, regional, continental and global level.  

A variety of activities are used, combining different methodologies of learning to engage participants in these various processes

  • Community needs analysis workshops are conducted with community members identifying their strengths and their weakness in addressing issues that affects their daily lives and those characteristics that contribute to their resilience in dealing with these challenges in their community.
  • Working with and identifying the different perceptions and perspectives people have of each other to build strong relationships with and between community leaders and local organizations.
  • Collaborating with communities to host Community Dialogues that surfaces the collective pain of the community and provide the tools to talk about these painful issues in a manner that takes individuals and the community leaders to talk and think more deeply about that issues that affects the emotional and spiritual health of their community.
  • Engaging in any other activities identified by the communities we work with that further the aims of the Community Healing Project.


If you are interested to attend a dialogue workshop please contact

Western Cape
Mandla Klanisi
[email protected]
021 683 6231/35

KwaZulu Natal
Bridget Phillips
[email protected]
031 301 0419

About Us

The Institute for the Healing of Memories seeks to contribute to the healing journey of individuals, communities and nations. Our work is grounded in the belief that we are all in need of healing, because of what we have done, what we have failed to do, and what has been done to us.

Contact Us

  • Institute for Healing of Memories
    5 Eastry Road, Claremont,
    Cape Town, 7708, South Africa

  • +27 21 683 6231