Various NGO-driven interventions at the grassroots level try to take into account the particular needs of militarized and criminalized youth. This study examines one of those initiatives: the Wilderness Trail and Therapy Project of the National Peace Accord Trust (NPAT). This project begins from the premise that the transformation of trauma is the first step to a peaceful society. It is also based on the experience that militarized youth often refuse conventional counselling methods. The primary aim of this study is to draw a comprehensive picture of the Wilderness Trail and Therapy Project and to assess some of its impacts and challenges.
Stephanie Schell-Faucon is the Principal Advisor at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). German International Cooperation.