About Us

Establishment

PFR-Morita Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Research was established by Masahiro Minami Ph.D. (University of British Columbia), Bishop John Rucyahana (Chair, Rwanda National Unity and Reconciliation Commission), and Pastor Deo Gashagaza (Executive Director, Prison Fellowship Rwanda) in April, 2012. Research activities of the centre are funded and supported by the Mental Health Okamoto Memorial Foundation, Prison Fellowship Rwanda, University of British Columbia, Japanese Society for Morita Therapy, and Rwanda National Unity and Reconciliation Commission.

Objective

PFR-MCPRR is a project initiated by Masahiro Minami, to field test his new psychosocial reconciliation approach called “ABPRA”. This new approach has proven very successful in initial field trials; helping both victims and perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide deal with the unthinkable violence and terror they survived and that still haunts them today.

Goal

Goal is to test the effectiveness of ABPRA in allowing victim and perpetrator to reach a frame of mind where forgiveness and reconciliation is genuinely embraced. In doing so the residual feelings of anger and vengeance will not fester, will not be passed on to the next generation only to erupt into another cycle of violence. Our mission is to bring this cycle of violence to an end.

Mission and Activities

PFR-MCPRR’s mission is to research, test and ultimately deliver a reliable and effective psychosocial reconciliation approach to all people in Rwanda who have survived the 1994 Rwandan Genocide so that the violence they experienced will not be the seeds of future conflict.

PFR-MCPRR serves as a functional centre active in the community providing research, liaison, education and consultation services. More on PFR-MCPRR’s Mission and Activities.

Prison Fellowship Rwanda

Prison Fellowship Rwanda (PFR) is a faith-based non-profit organization that works to promote the concepts of reconciliation, transformation, crime prevention, and development in Rwanda in the wake of the 1994 genocide. More on PFR and its operations.

JSMT

The Japanese Society for Morita Therapy is the governing body, which promotes the study, use and advancements in Morita Therapy. More on Japanese Society for Morita Therapy.