A grant from CISU of DKK 398,539 enabled Nunca Más and the local partner organization CPTRT (Centro de Prevención,Tratamiento y Rehabilitación de Victimas de Tortura) to implement the following 6 months project from August 2017 to January 2018;
Social and political empowerment of leaders in four violence affected communities of Santa Elena, La Paz – Honduras
Purpose; to strengthen indigenous peoples (the Lencas in La Paz, Honduras) in their struggle for control over their traditional land.
Indigenous peoples belong to the most marginalized people in Honduras, living under constant pressure to maintain control over their land, which is stolen and taken over by financial interests in projects without respect for the interests of indigenous peoples. There are major financial interests at stake in relation to these agro business or large-scale energy projects. Those who stand in the way are being intimidated, threatened or killed. This affects people financially, socially and mentally.
Using a relatively simple cost-effective method, testimonial therapy supports and strengthens the indigenous people mentally and socially in their struggle. The method was developed in Chile during dictatorship but has later been used with proven results in Cambodia, Sri Lanka and India.
14 health professionals trained
23 leaders of MILPAH group (lenca people) received introductory training
13 victims of state violence completed testimonial therapy
Advocacy plan on right to health designed and agreed upon
Following the completion of the project CPTRT together with the Honduran organization CIPREVI now uses the method in the context with the Lencas in Honduras.