Community witnessing

Over the course of implementing the ABPRA, I came to discover that it has a psychosocial impact. By psychosocial impact, I mean that their working together impacted the entire community. While each dyad was working in the field for two hours, many villagers walked by and stopped their walk to stare at the dyad working together. The following series of photo depict the shared work of Lawurencia and Fredelic being witnessed by the villagers walking by.

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Almost all villagers of Mbyo knew that the two were a survivor and an ex-prisoner. Many who stopped by could not believe why an ex-prisoner was working together with a survivor. They could not believe it was possible for them to even be together. Some even spoke to the dyad asking why they can work together. The dyad always explained proudly that they were working together, reconciling, forgiving, being forgiven, forming unity, and foremost, building a peace. Many who stopped by reached their hand to celebrate their courageous efforts.

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By the end of the eight weeks, the majority of the villagers witnessed dyads’ joint-works. Many villagers noticed that all dyads seemed happy and enjoying shared works together.

Many in the reconciliation villages inquired of the village leaders about the program and volunteered to engage in the ABPRA themselves. Some even came as a dyad to visit the village leader to ask ‘how’ to do the ABPRA.

Consistent joint-works by the participants emitted ‘genuine enjoyment’ which moved the hearts of the rest of the villagers to participate in the ABPRA themselves. As the result, the village of Mbyo decided to adopt the ABPRA as their village activity. This community-witnessing phenomenon gave birth to a psychosocial development property of the ABPRA.