Our Mission:


By looking at the world's problems through a trauma-informed lens, community restores hope, one life at a time.

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Our Approach

GSN incorporates limited-resource methods, building upon the cultural practices and traditions of the areas where our interventions are implemented.

Our materials have been adapted for Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia by using local folk tales, case studies and artwork.

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Our Impact

We research the communities we serve to better understand their contexts and to monitor and evaluate the impact of our programs. Our team is collecting data in under-researched, hard-to-reach areas where the experiences of these populations highlight the importance of trauma as a critical variable to conflict transformation.

Our post-intervention findings show positive changes in attitudes, with decreases in levels of distress and post-traumatic stress symptoms.

“I used to hate my Muslim neighbors but now I see them as my brothers.” - Kumekucha Participant, Kenya

“My consciousness has improved regarding how a victim may feel and his suffering.” - Former Combatant Quraca Nabadda Participant, Somalia

“I  [have] the ability to self-regulate especially when I get suicidal thoughts.” - Kumekucha Participant, Kenya

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What We Do


When entire generations have lived through protracted violence and existed in survival mode for decades, the cracks in society are entrenched.

These cracks can be entrenched and reflected in normal daily life. They not only impact individuals, but also the systems and structures that are meant to support recovery.

By supporting trauma-informed approaches, intractable becomes possible through tapping into the knowledge, skills and values of local communities.

projects & initiatives

  • I. Trauma-Informed Resilience (TIR) Framework 

  • II. Community Social Healing and Cohesion Building Interventions

  • III. Trauma-Informed Initiative for Security Actors (TIISA)

  • IV. Trauma-Informed Evaluation and Learning

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Trauma Informed Support

  • TIR Leadership training

  • TIR Organizational training and support

  • Curriculum Development

  • Programme Design

  • Specialized Consultancies

  • Monitoring & Evaluation design and support

  • Trauma-informed analysis

  • Design and implement surveys

  • Call center and informed consent survey support



“Safe spaces have always been created by the healers. We must do it again until all spaces are safe for all. Each space violated is an opportunity for us to build a peace constituency”

Irungu Houghton, Kenyan Peacebuilder




The Cup:
Owning your own Healing Agenda

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Imagine that your community and or society is like a cup of water, and the water poured in represents NGOs, donor programs and government initiatives that pour aid and resources into our communities. After a while we no longer see the CUP - only the wasted resources spilling over.

The majority of aid organizations looks at what is being put into the communities; they are pouring in "water" without knowing or understanding the cracks in communities, the challenges and the resources that already exist within the communities. Is water (additional resources) causing even more harm?

But if a cup (community) undergoes a healing process (repairing the cracks), it can hold what is being put in! - And in the best-case scenario, with the right resources chosen and accepted by the community, communities are able to dig their own wells to supply their own water. In other words, with the right resources and capacities, communities can empower themselves and find solutions to seemingly intractable problems!

Thanks to our friends and partners at Fambul Tok, Sierra Leone and Catalyst for Peace (USA) for the Inside-Out Framework of Peace and Development and the cup analogy.


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