“Holistic wellness” - Rehabilitation Programm for Survivor families of Torture, Prisoners and Disappeared
The caring environment created by the group facilitators aptly befitted to bring out the best in the survivors. The group activities were designed “To heal the traumatic memories and to cherish the enrichment derived in the post traumatic transformation era”. Exercises on Mandala, and Breadth work were made use of during the group activities. The sharing of experiences and the insights gained by the survivors were enriching in the process as to heal, and encourage one another.
Engaging in an activity as a hobby and as an income generating project for one’s livelihood is a satisfaction, relaxation and a means for healing. The participants were taken to Gannoruwa Agricultural Research Institute for an exposure program on “Home gardening”. At the Institute the participants visited vegetable beds and plots on Home Gardening. Provisions were made to guide the participants on practical work of cultivation - different ways of preparing vegetable beds, the different types of plants, and selection of plants for cultivation. Instructions were given to start a home garden making best use of even a small space available or to develop a garden already existing. When there is no available space education was given with examples already making use of at the Agricultural Institute to be creative and even to make use of empty bottles, empty cans we set aside as garbage.
“Knowledge shared brings fulfillment” was experienced by the survivor group when one of the ex-prisoners hardly 50 days after his release from prison was volunteered to teach scientific dressmaking for the survivor the group. His attempt was greatly appreciated by the group.
The survivor group was very much happy and enjoyed the program. Evaluation and observation of the facilitators indicated that the group had become more at ease and free, more expressive and friendlier with group members.