Founded in March 2007, Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG)’s mission is to support war-affected communities, refugees, combatants, and former child soldiers in northern Uganda to help heal their war trauma, rebuild their lives, and reconcile through holistic, culturally appropriate, and locally designed projects.
Why We Do It
For over twenty years, northern Ugandans have suffered a brutal war between the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Government of Uganda. The abduction of thousands of children to serve as soldiers in the LRA was one one of the worst aspects of the conflict. At the height of the war, up to two million people were living in internal displacement camps, vulnerable to hunger, disease, and brutal LRA attacks, which child soldiers were often forced to carry out.
Former soldiers who escape from the LRA usually spend six to eight weeks recovering physically and psychologically in reception centers. GRG helps to meet the extensive need for follow-up with these individuals by strengthening long-term reconciliation between ex-LRA combatants and their communities of return.
GRG’s unique participatory approach enables communities to design community-led projects in which GRG works directly with the groups over several years to ensure sustainability. On average, GRG works with each group for 4-5 years before they graduate to lead their own programs building on support from GRG. Our five program areas include: livelihoods; microfinance; trauma; counseling and care; culture and recreation; and reconciliation.