The “Trauma Healing and Creative Arts Coalition” was initiated in 2014 by Peter Aeberhard, the Co-President of the Swiss Branch of the international fellowship on reconcilliation (IFOR) and first presented at a workshop on the occasion of the centenary of IFOR.
2015 it was establishment as a charitable nonprofit institution mentioned in the commercial register of the County of Berne, Switzerland. THAC is tax exempted.
Like-minded people from Burundi, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Switzerland are now working on further developing the initiative.
Peter Aeberhard, Founding director
Peter Aeberhard founded THAC after many years of experience in post conflict contexts and in the field of migration on operational and policy level. Actually his in a student of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma.
Andrea Birrer, Administration / Liaison Officer
IFOR MIR is the Swiss branch of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation and founding partner of THAC. The peace organization was founded in 1914 and is committed to on the basis of nonviolence for social justice, peace and the integrity of the environment.
- Congenium, Schweiz
Congenium is founding spartner of THAC and speziaisiert to providing business consulting in the field of information and documentation. Congenium supports THAC particularly in the development of IT-based instruments in the field of trauma work.
THAR was founded by Dr. David Niyonzima as a network of psychologists and peace workers. THARS launched various projects in the field of trauma healing and in programs for the demobilization and social integration of child soldiers and ex-militias in Burundi.
- PAIX POUR L‘ENFANCE, Demokratische Republik Kongo
Junior Nzita Nsuami, a former child soldier from DR Congo is goodwill ambassador of the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and for the implementation of their action plan in Congo. In 2015 he had an important speech at the UN Security Council. He founded in 2010 the organization “Paix pour l’enfance” in the DRC in order to integrate children who were orphaned due to armed conflict. The organization is financed through donations and revenue from the sale of the autobiography “If my life as a child soldier could be told”.
SOYDEN promotes peace and the respect of human rights in Somalia with education programs and awareness campaigns for young people. SOYDEN founded a forum for trauma healing together with regional peace committees in Mogadishu. SOYDEN developed the methodology for the programs Quraca Nabadda which promotes social Intergartion and pacification of communities in Somalia. SOYDEN’s director is heading the early warning unit of IGAD for Somalia.
- VJP Media, UK
VJP Media operates in the field of communication for projects in art, culture and in the private sector.
Knowledge and Resource
- Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT), UK
The Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT), originally founded at the Harvard School of Public Health, is a multi-disciplinary program that has been pioneering the health and mental health care of traumatized refugees and civilians in areas of conflict/post-conflict and natural disasters for over two decades. Its clinical program serves as a global model that has been replicated worldwide. HPRT designed and implemented the first curriculum for the mental health training of primary care practitioners in settings of human conflict, post-conflict, and natural disasters.