Survivors enter Panzi Hospital with signs of depression, extreme fear, eating and sleep disorders, self-shame, self-blame and self-harm. They often face social exclusion from their communities and have troubled relationships with their loved ones. Psychosocial care is integral to the healing process — it both anticipates and complements physical treatment.
As such, Panzi Foundation created Maison Dorcas to be a specialized after-care and community center. Here, survivors can take advantage of psychological interventions intended to help them feel safe again, trust others, and gain a sense of self-worth and love for their bodies.
Psychosocial services are carried out both individually and in groups. The individual component seeks to provide victims with tailor-made psychosocial support or therapy, as well as counseling with family members to prevent marginalization. The group component aims to offer complementary therapeutic services that engage survivors with others in similar situations. To do so, we offer specific programs such as drama, yoga, karate, dance, art therapy, and occupational therapy.