The informal programs has been the main operational activities we are engaged in for the past years. This focuses on preventive measures, and restorative resolution of conflict through mediation between community members (parties in conflict). We have remained committed to conflict prevention, transformation, resolution and prevention of deviant behaviors.
This kind of cases or complaints are directly filed or reported by the community members who is, or are party to the conflict and needed an intervention ( mediation) for a peaceful resolution as opposed to involving the criminal justice system- The professionals.
We also receive an invitation from community members, or family member of parties in conflict or potential conflict for PALAVER HUT intervention in order to deter, resolve or prevent the escalation of the dispute / conflict – “PALAVER”.
The preventive measures deter or de-escalate conflict and deviant behaviors in our communities that could certainly save the time for police and other professional intervention. This piece of work will allow the law enforcement to concentrate on a more serious crimes and matters as opposed to distracting them with cases that could be resolve by the community leaders. As a popular saying goes, “prevention is better than cure”.
The type of informal programs and activities we have completed and ongoing referred to us for dispute resolution through mediation process are:
Family dispute: Dispute between partners / spouses, husbands and wife, children / youths and their parents. Youths violence and peer group dispute.
Community dispute: Dispute between different set of family members in the community and between community members. We used varieties of approaches to dealing with community dispute in diverse families in our community.
Counseling: We have also received and addressed cases loads on marriage, spiritual and parenting counseling. As one of the models of healing process, counseling is an integral piece of our work in collaboration with other partners with counseling expertise and referral purposes.
Psycho-social community based interventions for both victims and offenders are ongoing program areas