Africa training project 2022-23: Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal

As 2023 drew to a close, two HOM Luxembourg delegates, Patrick Byrne and Javier Garcia Alves, went on mission to Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal to lead the final elements in the practical phase of the 2022-23 facilitator training programme for Francophone Africa. From 21 to 27 November, they were in Bingerville, 20 km from Abidjan, to work with trainees from Côte d’Ivoire and Mali; and from 28 November to 6 December, they were in Rufisque, 12 km from Dakar, with trainees from Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Côte d’Ivoire

Tuesday 21 November, landed safely at Abidjan airport; warmly welcomed by Paul Angaman of ACAT Côte d’Ivoire, the sending organisation for the Ivorian trainees.
Wednesday 22 November, preparatory work with Loret Mougani, Africa coordinator of the Institute for Healing of Memories (South Africa), at the ANADER training centre in Bingerville.
ANADER centre, Bingerville
‘Family photo’ at the end of the healing of memories workshop in Bingerville (Côte d’Ivoire): 18 Ivorian and Malian participants, 5 trainee facilitators and 3 trainers.

Presentation of training certificates (Part 2) to the 5 trainee facilitators:

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27 November saw the conclusion of the visit to Côte d’Ivoire by the 3 trainers, Javier Garcia Alves and Patrick Byrne, from Luxembourg, and Loret Mougani, from South Africa.

The visit was marked by a healing of memories workshop with particularly deep life-story sharing sessions and individual and collective healing experiences; also encouraging was the clear progress made by the 5 trainee facilitators in their practical training.


The mission continued from 30 November to 4 December at the Mount Tabor Centre in Rufisque, Senegal. The trainee facilitators from Senegal and the DRC (Goma) first spent a day of training together in a joyful atmosphere. Afterwards, they welcomed a dozen participants from the region, young and old, who had come to experience the process of healing memories for themselves.

Participants at the end of the 3-day workshop

Presentation of training certificates (Part 2) to the 7 trainee facilitators:

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Africa 2022-23 training project: from theory to practice!

From 15 to 25 July 2022, 29 trainees took part in the very first training session for francophone Africa in Cotonou. In 2023, we move on to the practical phase of their training

First session of the facilitor training for Francophone African:

July 2022, Cotonou session : a great success !

July 2022 – Training session – Cotonou

In July 2022,  a training programme for facilitators of healing of memories workshops for French-speaking African countries will take place…

December 2021 – preparations continue

Healing of Memories Luxembourg’s Africa Group is stepping up its preparatory work, in cooperation with the IHOM…

October 2021 – Training programme kicks off

The preliminary phase of the training was launched in October and November 2021 with a number of working sessions in West Africa.