Early day one, we ask the women to describe the places of pain or struggle people in their communities are experiencing. This allowed the facilitators to gain a benchmark of the types of struggles the WLTI participants and those they lead face. The list included: domestic violence, marital issues, disease, poverty, theft, grief, natural disasters, drug abuse, conflict related to property ownership, being a widow, being an orphan, death and dying.
The women were asked to think of one positive event and one painful or traumatic event in their lives. They were given time to process personally and draw a picture of both events before sharing with one other women. For some they took a risk and shared part of their story of pain for the very first time.
Great moments of storytelling, sharing in tears and pain of the past sorrowful experiences in and after the genocide were calmed by quiet times of prayers, Bible reading, small groups of worship and discussion bible study.