The first part of the program consisted of learning through activities and games how to “Be happy and Let go of the past”. The group enjoyed, and rays of hope dawning on them to imagine and desire the very things in life that were cherished and destroyed.
The two reflections on two villages touched the group in such a manner and even some of the senior citizens were willing to contribute their best to the outreach programs next time. Accordingly as Buddha says “Altruistic action or even a thought gives more merit than holding religious ceremonies”. Survivors of extreme violence such as families of the disappeared must decide which reality to live in- their old broken world or a new one. This choice to go on is needed to begin, as well as continue, the process of healing. Healing cannot function and complete its rehabilitation unless there is a continual enhancement of recovery. Our survivor group of the families of the disappeared meet regularly and they experience the emotional sharing of “I find in you my pain and joy and you find in me your pain and joy” not only with one another but also with the wider community.