Following is the testimony of one of the handicapped children who live in the Izere Center in Byumba, Rwanda. Supported by the TFT Foundation, the Izere Center provides TFT to the children, as well as to the surrounding community.
Alphonse spontaneously offered her testimony after the recent community TFT treatment day that was made possible by generous donors to the foundation.
She talked about how she came to the Izere Center to be helped with her studies and necessary medication. She shared her long time feelings of fear and isolation. She had complex challenges and had been traumatized because at home her parents prohibited her to go outside of the house.
Alphonse shared the following:
“I had fear to look or to talk with any people because I was not like them. I saw them with arms, with legs and I don’t have them, and I figured that I’m not a person.
When the other kids came to me I had difficulty to be with them. I only had peace when I was alone in the room, and although I’m in Izere Center for 6 years, I never had peace
After Adrienne (a TFT trained psychologist supported by the TFT Foundation) came to me last month, she started to focus on me… she treated me with the technique that I’ve seen many times being used to treat the people who come here. Now you see, I’m very happy and I can stand between you and talk with you. I had refused to be treated for a long time; and now I’m going to convince my brother and sister to come to this school.”