The Helpline has always been critical during the memorial period in Rwanda of the genocide against the Tutsis (April 7 to July 16) when the need for mental health support is particularly high. The Helpline is a toll-free telephone counselling service for genocide survivors, mostly youth. The need this year has increased considerably since survivors can’t meaningfully connect with friends and family to lessen their trauma when they have flashbacks. In addition, trauma is being triggered more frequently as survivors have difficulty separating genocide memories from the current COVID-19 restrictions. For example, ‘stay at home’ public broadcasts were common during the genocide. To respond to the increased need, our partner organization Survivors Fund (SURF) has increased the number of Helpline Peer Support Counsellors from 15 to 200.
Support Survivors impacted by COVID-19 on Giving Tuesday – May 5 Tuesday May 5 is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving and unity in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. If your situation allows, we ask that you consider a donation to INSPIRE!africa to cover the additional costs for the Helpline.