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Message from Directors

24 March 2020

The first 21 years of the Institute for Healing of Memories has been a pioneering journey as it planted and nurtured the seeds of social healing as an integral and essential part of personal and collective healing. The development of the Healing of Memories methodology, born out of the personal experience of the founder Fr. Michael Lapsley and the work of the Trauma Centre in Cape Town has been and remain the core work of the Institute.

Facing much scepticism in the early days, it has stayed true to its values and principles, offering Healing of Memories workshops to groups of people all over the world. Contextualising personal healing journeys, making the connections to the ancient, old and present wounds of their families, groups, communities and country.

Talking about healing in a social context has become much more mainstream in recent years. Over time the Institute has developed various programmes that support its strategic objectives of accompanying individuals, groups of people and communities on their healing journeys, to realise their power, assert their human dignity and contribute to building a caring and just society.

As the Institute we are deeply committed to strengthening our programmatic work, building on what we have done over the years and creating new pathways of engaging our solidarity partners, our friends, our facilitators, our partnerships with NGO’s Government and funders. We are committed to fulfil the aspirations of our constitution and look forward to your continued support.


The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa

As adopted on 8 May 1996 and amended on 11 October 1996 by the Constitutional Assembly.


We, the people of South Africa,

Recognise the injustices of our past;

Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land;

Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country;

and Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.

We therefore, through our freely elected representatives, adopt this Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic so as to

Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights;

Lay the foundations for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law;

Improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person; and

Build a united and democratic South Africa able to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the family of nations.

May God protect our people.

About Us

The Institute for the Healing of Memories seeks to contribute to the healing journey of individuals, communities and nations. Our work is grounded in the belief that we are all in need of healing, because of what we have done, what we have failed to do, and what has been done to us.

Contact Us

  • Institute for Healing of Memories
    5 Eastry Road, Claremont,
    Cape Town, 7708, South Africa

  • +27 21 683 6231