Our participants are just that: Participants, because we believe the healing process requires participation.

It’s been our honour to serve people from all over East Africa and the Middle East. Our participants come from Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Iraq and Syria, with an array of cultural backgrounds and religious beliefs, coming together in the name of forgiveness and rehabilitation.

In every session, we see individuals making personal commitment to growth and development; commitment that translates into action and results. That’s why we see over 50% reduction in trauma symptoms within a two week program. That’s why we see families restored and homes rebuilt. That’s why hope and long term sustainability abounds.

We believe our job is to walk alongside individuals as they embark on the journey towards hope and participate in our programs that lead to rehabilitation.

In the last 10 years, we’ve seen over 45,000 people participate in that journey, and so many of them have stories to tell. We’d love you to read some of their STORIES OF HOPE HERE.

 

Tutapona means"we will be healed" in Swahili.

About Our Founders

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In 2008, Carl and Julie Gaede, psychotherapists from western Wisconsin, moved to northern Uganda with their two young children to launch Tutapona. Since then, Tutapona has provided trauma rehabilitation programs to over 45,000 individuals affected conflict and war in Uganda and Iraq, and most recently, in St Paul, Minnesota.

THE STORY SO FAR

With a passion to help severely traumatized people see radical transformation, the Gaede family followed God’s calling to Uganda to work with recovering child soldiers. Uganda’s North had endured unspeakable trauma and unfathomable loss and many children were taken by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army. It was here Tutapona was birthed. Working closely alongside another local charity for three years, Carl and Julie began their work with children the world had forsaken. Bringing a message of forgiveness, healing and restoration, Carl began training local workers to facilitate a program called EMPOWER written by psychologist Dr. Robi Sonderegger. In early 2011, the Gaedes felt God’s call to expand their reach beyond Northern Uganda. Launching in Magwi, South Sudan with only 3 staff, the work in South Sudan continued until the end of 2012 when their goal of reaching the Acholi corridor was complete.

In 2013, Tutapona began with refugees living in Uganda when a team was established in Nakivale Refugee Settlement, reaching people from Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Burundi and Sudan. Over the coming years, our trauma rehabilitation services expanded into Rwamwanja, Kiryandongo, Adjumani and Oruchinga refugee settlements as well.

In late 2015, the Gaedes took an exploratory trip to Iraq to experience first hand the Syrian refugee crisis and see if there was any way Tutapona could help these victims of war. In September 2016, the Gaede family moved to Iraq to set up the first Tutapona office in the Middle East in Duhok, Kurdistan ( Northern Iraq). The work, which has had notable success in several refugee camps, has continued to thrive since the Gaede’s return to the U.S.A.

In September 2018, Tutapona launched our world class trauma rehabilitation program specifically for children living as refugees. This program, called The Heroes Journey, was written by child mental health specialists to help children work through their experiences using Post Traumatic Growth strategies.

We are proud to announce our most recent expansion, Tutapona’s first stateside office in St Paul, Minnesota, which opened in May 2019 to bring trauma rehabilitation to the 90,000 refugees living in the region. Please continue to pray for Tutapona and the Gaede family as they follow God’s call wherever He directs them.

Our Mandate is to lead individuals affected by war or conflict to emotional recovery through:

Group Trauma Care

Trauma Training

Individual Support Sessions

Group After Care

 

· Tutapona has been operating in Uganda for over 10 years, bringing trauma rehabilitation to over 20 cultural groups living as refugees in the country.

· IN 2016, WE EXPANDED OUR WORK TO THE MIDDLE EAST TO RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF REFUGEES AND IDPS from IRAQ AND SYRIA.

· Since 2008, OVER 45,000 PEOPLE HAVE graduated from Tutapona’s TRAUMA REHABILITATION PROGRAMs.

· WE'VE PROVIDED TRAUMA TRAINING TO PROFESSIONALS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS ON THE EFFECTS OF TRAUMA IN UGANDA, SOUTH SUDAN, THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, AND ZAMBIA.

Our Values

JESUS:

We follow Jesus’ example of all encompassing love for everyone.

INTEGRITY:

We strive for consistency between our words, beliefs, and the reality of how we conduct ourselves. We are committed to excellence and providing the best support we can for our clients. We choose to be ethical in our professional and business practices. We recognize that Tutapona’s resources are not our own but entrusted to us for the service of others and require competent, effective and accountable stewardship.

HOPE:

We offer hope to the broken-hearted, restoring their vision for a fulfilling future.

COMPASSION:

Compassion for individuals affected by war and conflict drives us to walk with them through their darkest moments. Our staff embodies compassion for every story, every time.

RELATIONSHIP:

We value relationship in the communities where we work and celebrate the uniqueness of each individual. We recognize that lasting change is only possible through relationships that transform. Our internal relationships are healthy and professional. We remain patient with setbacks, strengthened by feedback, willing to forgive, humble in conflict and challenged to demonstrate Christ’s unconditional love to all.

COURAGE:

We act courageously by taking risks as we step out in faith and go to difficult places. Our clients need us to reach them where they are. Our courage is informed by humility, defined by action and grounded in our faith in a trustworthy God.