In 1994, one million people were murdered in the Rwandan genocide, leaving one million orphans to survive. An estimated 90% of Rwandans were left traumatized. With minimal resources and no formal mental health system in place, Rwanda’s children were in need.

“When I Was Young I Said I Would Be Happy,” is the transformational story of the first group of 12 orphaned genocide survivors, who take part in a new form of sustainable humanitarian aid called “Project LIGHT: Rwanda.” The film follows these young people on their journey to become Project LIGHT Ambassadors, learning heart-centered leadership, economic sustainability skills and powerful trauma reduction modalities.

Using a train-the-trainer model, the Ambassadors learn to be skilled practitioners of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT/Tapping), to heal from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and subsequently spread that healing by teaching others to do the same.

“When I Was Young I Said I Would Be Happy,” shows us the impact of PTSD on individuals and a society where dissociation is so extreme it passes as unremarkable. The film illuminates new possibilities for global healing when those in need are provided resources addressing body, mind and spirit. The story follows the Ambassadors on their personal journeys through hopelessness and horror, to lives of dignity, inspiration and purpose. With each healing, an expansive vision is awakened for themselves, their country, and our world.

In only two short years, the first group of Project LIGHT Ambassadors paid forward their healing to hundreds – from Rwanda to Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

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