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Digital Art-based Mental Health with and for Young People in Rwanda

In Rwanda, psychosocial services provide an important contribution to building individual and community resilience, social cohesion and trust. The lack or absence of trust has been shown to not only effect victims of the genocide but to have transgenerational effects with young people encountering issues with developing meaningful relationships. Psychological sequalae from the genocide are found to be long-lasting in both offspring of the survivors and perpetrators of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi (Rieder et al. 2013).  Although most of the population are aware of where they could seek support for mental health (61.7 per cent), only 5.3 per cent reported to have utilized existing mental health services. This project seeks to increase uptake of mental health services and to extend the impact and sustainability of Changing the Story (CTS) projects including Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) and Connective Memories to embed the provision of mental health support through digital platforms with and for young people by:

  • Designing and implementing youth-led monitoring, evaluation and learning tools (MEL);
  • Scaling up the project in connection to key services and institutions;
  • Developing a CPD programme to embed MAP into the School of Medicine;
  • Delivering MEL outputs and policy-level webinar to share project outcomes.

Proposed project

Uwihoreye has received requests from existing partners Rwanda Education Board (REB) and Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) to embed the MAP methodology into mental health services. Uwihoreye (alongside six psychosocial workers from Uyisenga Ni Imanzi, nine youth MAP master trainers and six adult MAP master trainers) will deliver trainings to 118 mental health professionals (clinical psychologists and nurses) who work in five rehabilitation services (serving street-connected young people and former drug users), 82 health institutions (health centres and district hospitals), three prisons, and four rehabilitation centres working alongside three key policy influencers (from REB and RBC) to inform mental health in Rwanda. With this project, we will ensure the sustainability of the approach by integrating the training as a CPD programme with the University of Rwanda, School of Medicine and school of nursing specifically the Department of Clinical Psychology, Mental Health, Psychiatry and Nursing.

This project will enable partners to embed the MAP methodology into existing systems for sustainability, to provide youth-led MEL and to secure future funding by establishing a system and structure in order to apply for the Wellcome Trust Discovery Grant with CTS partners Ananda Breed from University of Lincoln and Kirrily Pells from University College London. The project will use indigenous Rwandan approaches to approach mental health alongside the awareness that mental health and wellness is considered as a communal endeavor to heal the wounds from genocide and structural violence. Likewise, it focuses on the use of digital platforms (Zoom, WhatsApp) to link mental health service users with mental health service providers through youth-led and art-based approaches as a response to COVID-19 to ensure the ongoing provision of mental health and to address stigma.


Resource Archive

Search or browse the resource archive for films, reports, toolkits and other resources produced by the Changing the Story and its commissioned projects. Items relating to Rwanda are listed below:

TitleSummaryAuthorCategoriesTagsdoc_categories_hfilterdoc_tags_hfilter
Consolidation, Learning and Evaluation Virtual Reality SpaceCollaboratively designed arts-based Virtual Reality space with a focus on sharing best practices on Peace Education via CTS research in East Africa. Created by Follow on Fund Project, Consolidation, Learning …, , , , kenya rwanda locationlanguage-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-17-partnerships sdg-4-education
Understanding Places from a DistanceBlog (2021/04/27) Understanding Places from a DistanceDr Paula Callus, , , , kosovo phase2 rwanda locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Meet LeonardMeet Leonard, a Changing the Story Youth Research Board member from Rwanda., , , rwanda changemakers youth-research-board locationfilm language-english
Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP): Shaping the Rwandan National CurriculumBlog (2019/03/28) Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP): Shaping the Rwandan National CurriculumProf Ananda Breed, , , phase1 rwanda locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Remembering the Srebrenica Genocide on Holocaust Memorial DayBlog (2020/02/09) Remembering the Srebrenica Genocide on Holocaust Memorial Day, , , , , kosovo phase1 phase2 rwanda locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Through Art, theatre and Dialogue, young people are able to express their thoughts to the countryUzabintwari project at Rwamagana Youth center "YEGO CENTER" We are using Art, theatre and Dialogue, for bring back heroism! let the elders guide the young so the raise wisely! and …Eric Ngabonziza, Leonard, , rwanda youth-research-board locationfilm language-kinyarwanda
ReSpace Symposium (June 2021)ReSpace investigates how concepts of space, through arts-based participatory methods, can engage the ‘post-memory’ generation (Hirsch, 2008) in Rwanda and Kosovo to reimagine specific sites of memory. Chaired by ReSpace …Dr Paula Callus, , , , , , , , event kosovo phase2 rwanda locationfilm language-english sdg-16-institutions sdg-17-partnerships sdg-4-education subject-participatory-arts
Critical review of Changing the Story Projects in Eastern Africa ProjectWatch the critical review of Changing the Story Projects in Eastern Africa Project led by Dr Marlon Moncrieffe, (Principal Investigator) University of Brighton, UK. With partners Dr John Mwangi St. …Chaste Uwihoreye, Dr John Mwangi Githigaro, Dr Marlon Moncrieffe, , , , kenya phase2 rwanda locationfilm language-english subject-reflections
‘No-One Can Tell a Story Better than the One Who Lived It’Academic article. Understandings of childhood and trauma are based on bio-psychological frameworks emanating from the Global North, often at odds with the historical, political, economic, social and cultural contexts in …Chaste Uwihoreye, Dr Eric Ndushabandi, Dr Kirrily Pells, Dr Matthew Elliot, Dr Sylvestre Nzahabwanayo, Prof Ananda Breed, , , , , , rwanda locationarticle language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-3-health-and-well-being sdg-4-education subject-participatory-arts
Changing the Story Consolidating Learning CoLearnSEEFind out more about the Changing the Story Consolidating Learning project CoLearnSEE. Highlights projects across South Eastern Europe, , , , , , , , bosnia-and-herzegovina kosovo phase2 rwanda locationfilm sdg-10-inequalities sdg-4-education sdg-5-gender sdg-8-work subject-participatory-arts
The planet of no memoryThis fanzine is created by the Youth Research Board's Preserving Memory Group composed by: David, Antonia, Trina and Leonard. It comes as a product of art research on projects supported …Antonia Bello, David Espitia, Leonard Nyiringabo, Trina Hoti, , , , colombia kosovo rwanda youth-research-board locationformat-zine language-english
Umucuranzi documentary, Ntwali PacificSkill Exchange workshops to develop skills that would be useful to young change-makers, March - April 2022Ntwali Pacific, , , event rwanda changemakers locationfilm language-english
Leonard (Youth Research Board)Hear from Leonard about his group's research project as part of his role on Changing the Story Youth Research Board., , , rwanda changemakers youth-research-board locationfilm language-english
Connective Memories - Case studyConnective Memories is a participatory arts research project on the topic of Isangizanyankuru (meaning shared stories and memories in Kinyarwanda), codesigned, co-delivered and evaluated by 10 young people and 6 …, , , , , , phase2 rwanda locationlanguage-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-3-health-and-well-being sdg-4-education subject-participatory-arts
Case Study: Consolidation, Learning and Evaluation in Kenya and Rwanda'Consolidation, Learning and Evaluation in Kenya and Rwanda'. A critical review of Changing the Story Projects in Eastern Africa. This report shares on how formal and informal citizenship and peace …Chaste Uwihoreye, Dr John Mwangi Githigaro, Dr Marlon Moncrieffe, , , , , kenya rwanda locationreport language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-17-partnerships sdg-4-education
Mobile Arts for Peace – RwandaBlog (2018/03/12) Mobile Arts for Peace – RwandaHope Azeda, Kurtis Dennison, Prof Ananda Breed, rwanda locationblog language-english
Meet Eric!Eric is from Kigali in Rwanda. Find out from Eric what three words he would use to describe his experience as part of the Changing the Story Youth Research Board …Eric Ngabonziza, , , rwanda youth-research-board locationfilm language-english subject-reflections
'Extended Mobile Arts for Peace'Mobile Arts for Peace Rwanda Documentary, directed by Deus Kwizera. Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) is a practice-as-research project using arts-based methods to increase child and youth participation in decision-making …Deus Kwizera, , , , , , , event rwanda locationfilm language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-3-health-and-well-being sdg-4-education subject-participatory-arts
MAP: Curriculum for music, dance and drama in RwandaMobile Arts for Peace (MAP): Curriculum for music, dance and drama in Rwanda by A Breed, K Dennison, S Nzahabwanayo, K Pells - The Applied Theatre Reader, 2020. This chapter …Dr Kirrily Pells, Dr Sylvestre Nzahabwanayo, Kurtis Dennison, Prof Ananda Breed, , , , , , phase1 rwanda locationarticle language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-3-health-and-well-being sdg-4-education
Inclusion: DisabilityChanging the Story has produced a series of short videos which address the various aspects of safeguarding in international development research. The aim of the series is to provide you …, , , , , , , nepal rwanda safeguarding locationfilm language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-17-partnerships sdg-4-education subject-disability
Moncrieffe and Mwangi 2022Article shares international research project led by UK and East African stakeholders. This was framed as a consolidation of learning in our analysis and evaluation of findings from four Arts …, , , , , , kenya rwanda locationarticle language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-17-partnerships sdg-4-education subject-policy
Mobile Arts for Peace Project UpdateBlog (2019/07/07) Mobile Arts for Peace Project UpdateKurtis Dennison, , , phase1 rwanda locationblog language-english subject-reflections
What are the benefits of integrating young people in peacebuilding processes in communities and schools?Blog (2019/11/15) What are the benefits of integrating young people in peacebuilding processes in communities and schools?, , , , , phase1 rwanda changemakers locationblog language-english subject-reflections youth
Arts-based Methods and Digital Technology for Peacebuilding during the time of COVID-19Blog (2020/09/03) Arts-based Methods and Digital Technology for Peacebuilding during the time of COVID-19Prof Ananda Breed, , , , , phase1 rwanda locationblog language-english subject-covid19 subject-participatory-arts subject-reflections
Meet EricMeet Eric Ngabonziza, a Changing the Story Youth Research Board member from Rwanda.Eric Ngabonziza, rwanda youth-research-board locationfilm
Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP): Youth and Participatory Arts in RwandaThis is an Accepted Manuscript version of chapter 7 of the book 'Participatory Arts in International Development' published by Routledge/CRC Press on 29 August 2019. The final version of each …Prof Ananda Breed, , rwanda locationarticle language-english subject-participatory-arts
New Project: Developing Youth Leadership for More Peaceful and Inclusive Societies in Post-Conflict Countriesblog (2019/10/29) New Project: Developing Youth Leadership for More Peaceful and Inclusive Societies in Post-Conflict CountriesLauren Wray, , , , , , kenya namibia phase1 rwanda south-africa locationblog language-english youth
Case Study: Consolidation, Learning and Evaluation in Kenya and Rwanda'Consolidation, Learning and Evaluation in Kenya and Rwanda'. A critical review of Changing the Story Projects in Eastern Africa. This report shares on how formal and informal citizenship and peace …Chaste Uwihoreye, Dr John Mwangi Githigaro, Dr Marlon Moncrieffe, , , , , kenya rwanda locationreport language-kiswahil sdg-10-inequalities sdg-17-partnerships sdg-4-education
Making each other human: The Mobile Arts for Peace ProjectBlog (2018/04/05) Making each other human: The Mobile Arts for Peace ProjectProf Ananda Breed, , phase1 rwanda locationblog language-english
Phase One Critical Review: Mobile Arts for Peace (Rwanda)As part of Changing the Story's Phase One Activities is Rwanda this critical review and project reflection maps out the work of the project taking place in both public and …Dr Sylvestre Nzahabwanayo, , , , , , , , , phase1 rwanda locationreport language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-3-health-and-well-being sdg-4-education subject-participatory-arts subject-reflections youth
Making connections: reflections on the use of proverbs in research and practiceBlog (2020/03/19) Making connections: reflections on the use of proverbs in research and practice, , , phase2 rwanda locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Learn more about Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP)Blog (2019/04/17) Learn more about Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP)Kurtis Dennison, , phase1 rwanda locationblog language-english
Munzira Yunjye: In My WayZine representing outcomes of workshops funded by Changing the Story Mobility Fund, 26th-28th July 2022. The venue for the workshops was the YEGO center at Rwamagana.Eric Ngabonziza, Leonard, , , event mobility-fund rwanda locationformat-zine subject-participatory-arts
Case Study: Consolidation, Learning and Evaluation in Kenya and Rwanda'Consolidation, Learning and Evaluation in Kenya and Rwanda'. A critical review of Changing the Story Projects in Eastern Africa. This report shares on how formal and informal citizenship and peace …Chaste Uwihoreye, Dr John Mwangi Githigaro, Dr Marlon Moncrieffe, , , , , kenya rwanda locationreport language-kinyarwanda sdg-10-inequalities sdg-17-partnerships sdg-4-education