At my latest visit in Bukavu I held two workshops in TFT – tapping on the same hill overlooking Lake Kivu: one at the psychiatric hospital Sosame and the other one hour walk higher up at ASO – Association de Soutiene de l´opprime´ – (Association to Support the Oppressed). ASO use participatory theater, music and dance in their work with street children. I did the workshops together with my collegue Germando, who is a musician, nurse and employed at the organisation called BVES who rehabilitate former child soldiers and street children. Two very different groups, but the tapping tool works for both.
My collegue Germando and Doctor Eric Kwakya at the Sosame Psychiatric Hospital in Bukavu, DRC. Doctor Eric started using the tapping for a patient the same morning we had the training.
In Rwanda my collegue Robert Ntabwoba and myself had tapping sessions with two groups of children. One of them a group of children of rape. Children learn the tapping very fast and easily. “It is relaxing and helps when you have those heavy thoughts” said one of the boys, living with his mother not knowing who the father is except that he was “a bad person”.