Global Outreach

Capacitar in Haiti

In response to the 2010 earthquake that killed thousands of people and devastated a good part of the capital, Port Au Prince, and surrounding areas, Capacitar began outreach to NGO’s and church groups in 2011. Trainings followed for several organizations and a Capacitar team has been established that continues to share Capacitar practices. Additional trainings are planned in 2020.


Capacitar in The Philippines

Capacitar International was invited to offer introductory trainings in the Philippines in 2017 by Diana McDermott of the Philippine Solar Village Project. Trainings for school staff, teachers, students, religious, NGO staff, police, social workers, teachers and health workers have followed as well as two, three-module trainings of trainers. Additional trainings are planned in 2020. Philippine team members continue to share Capacitar practices through their own networks and to respond to natural disasters, such as typhoons, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, to aid survivors. Additional trainings will be offered by the partnership in the fall of 2020.

Capacitar in El Salvador

Capacitar International began work in El Salvador in 1994. A national team received training and continued to provide workshops for local groups and organizations in the following years. The El Salvador team hosted two Central America Regional Conferences, one in 1998 and one in 2000. Participants came from Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize and Guatemala to join Capacitar International leadership for workshops and sharing of experiences.

Training for another group is planned for the fall of 2020 in Chalatenango.

Capacitar Indonesia

Capacitar International began work in Indonesia as a response to the Bali bombings in 2001. The first module of a national training of multipliers was held in 2003. In the following years, additional trainings for multipliers were given and a team formed as Capacitar Nusantara. Members continue to share the Capacitar practices within their networks and to respond to national disasters (earthquakes, tsunamis etc.) sharing Capacitar practices with survivors.

In partnership with Capacitar Nusantara, Capacitar International will begin a new series of training of multipliers in January 2021.

Capacitar in the British Virgin Islands

On September 7, 2017, Hurricane Irma roared into the Caribbean. Winds over 170 miles per hour with gusts over 200 miles per hour tore through Tortola, British Virgin Islands denud- ing trees, ripping roofs from houses, tossing boats onto land and scouring the seabed. Among those who rode out the storm in their house, huddled on the oor of the bathroom as the winds and rain wreaked havoc all around them, were Lilian Jarales-Hewlett and Gath Hewlett. Gath grew up in Tortola and Lilian, from the Philippines, worked there. Their home was a total loss. They were evacuated to the Philippines. There they discovered Capacitar.

After completing the Multicultural Wellness training in the Philippines in 2018, Lilian and Gath asked trainer Joan Condon if she would come to Tortola to do an introductory training for survivors of the hurricane. The training in Capacitar basic practices with an emphasis on stress and trauma was held in February for nine hurricane survivors and organized by Gath, Lilian and Gail Sperry, who also lost her home in the hurricane. Participants found what they learned helpful and began to use the practices immediately. The last day a small team formed committed to share what they had learned with others. Gath and Lilian are committed to returning twice a year to Tortola to share Capacitar and other wellness practices to help those still struggling to rebuild—not just their homes but their lives.

Capacitar in Germany

Capacitar recently inaugurated its first training in Aachen with 38 men and women coming from different areas of Germany, Luxembourg and other parts of Europe.

The training is being sponsored by Missio and the Diocese of Aachen under the leadership of Anke Reermann, who coordinates pastoral and school educational programs. Many of the participants work with refugees and immigrants in their communities. Currently over one million refugees and immigrants live in Germany (with a population of 68 million) and 25,000 in Luxembourg (with a population of 590,000).

The training, facilitated by Capacitar Founder Pat Cane, brought together a great diversity of backgrounds and cultures.  Participants included: university students and a professor of social work; program personnel from Missio, Caritas, Aachen Diocese, and Miserior who offer outreach to refugees as well as support projects in countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America; local volunteers working with refugees through their churches; teachers working with children and youth who have learning and emotional disabilities; and psychologists and therapists. An international team of the Luxembourg nonprofit KORU represented 4 countries—Iraq, Mexico, Romania and the UK. Other participants were from Argentina and Brazil. Many valuable exchanges took place among participants as they shared their experiences and reflections. Capacitar materials are currently being translated into German and other languages to make these accessible to refugees. In 2019, the Capacitar 4-module training will also be offered in East Germany (Leipzig) coordinated by 4 dioceses in the region.

Capacitar celebrated its 10thAnniversary in Scotland at The Bield, a retreat center in Blackruthven, Perth. One hundred women and men came from all parts of Scotland and the UK to share in the Capacitar Tai Chi, rituals, meditation and practices. Many participants told of their experiences in using Capacitar with children, refugees, the traumatized, the elderly, midwives, pregnant women, university students, prisoners, the homeless, persons with mental and physical disability, recovery centers, rape crisis and gender violence centers, detention centers, with refugees in Lesbos and other international outreach. To date seven, 4-module trainings have been offered in Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow.  Advanced trainings are held regularly at The Bield as part of their program. Thousands of people have participated in outreach workshops led in a variety of organizations and communities by those in training. Short videos of the different practices have also been produced by Capacitar Scotland and are available on the Capacitar International YouTube Channel.  For more information on trainings and programs contact:

Capacitar in Afghanistan:  Wellness Workshops

Pat Cane and George Horan, the Capacitar Afghanistan team, are currently collaborating with the Afghan Peace Volunteers (APV) in Kabul. Pat and George are facilitating wellness workshops for high school and university youth, for street children attending the APV school, and for the APV women’s sewing cooperative. Along with the workshops, Pat and George also offer individual counseling sessions for many of the youth.

Besides the stress of preparing for school exams to qualify for universities (Concord and TOEFL exams), the youth also deal with poverty, family challenges and the threat of ongoing violence in Kabul. Some of the youth in the Capacitar workshops have witnessed suicide bombings and attacks. A bomb went off last year in front of the family shop of one young man. Several students were at the American University last August when a car bomb exploded and militants overran the campus. Many students were injured and 13 persons died in this attack.

At one Capacitar workshop some of the students described how they were unable to focus and concentrate on their studies. Others shared how they felt hopeless after losing their friends in the university attack and experienced the destruction of all that gave them life and hope. The Capacitar trauma healing practices are of great value to help the young men and women manage their stress and heal traumatic memories. Capacitar is committed to continue walking in solidarity with APV and the people of Afghanistan.

Capacitar in Timor Leste

After the violence that followed East Timor’s vote for independence from Indonesia in 1999, Capacitar was invited to offer workshops to survivors. S. Mary Litell and Joan Condon facilitated the first workshops in 2001. Both workshops for organizations and community groups and national trainings of multipliers were offered in the ensuing years. Those trained include teachers, NGO staff, community health workers, students and community members.