What We Do
The Kolo work begins when and where humanity ends.
The Kolo vision is to stem and halt the trans-generational trauma cycle where females and children are protected.
The Kolo cultivates capacities and employs those on the front lines of trauma, including children, adults and professionals, to become responders and healers to themselves and to others.
What we’ve learned from nearly two decades of fieldwork responding on the front lines in the global killing fields is the universal need to protect females and children.
All Kolo programs include the elements of fieldwork, social collective building, research and conferences. and fieldwork includes three stages: to Inform, to Intensify, to Inspire.
All areas of our work include: research, fieldwork, social collective building, and conferences.
Our work in action:
– Kolo Informed Trauma Care Protocol
– Learning Intensives: Online Training and On-Site Training
– International Summits and Conferences
– Supporting Afghanistan women and girls
– The Kolo: WCCC Centers in Bosnia Herzegovina, Novi Travnik & Neum (Coast)
Danica Anderson, PhD, founder of The Kolo: Women’s Cross Cultural Collaboration presents the work of framing women as resources to pivot for realizing collaborative efforts to stem the fall out of potentials in a world of increasing violence.
Pins indicate where the Kolo Informed Practices have occurred internationally.
The Kolo is informed and the Kolo informs. Narratives and trauma care practices are shared across the world, where the audience powerfully witnesses. The first person story of the witness heals the first person story of the affected. Suffering in silence has been for too long the accepted way of surviving and it has diminished our voices and vocabulary. To inform, reestablishes the power in language and expands our vocabulary. This allows a subtle evolution and revolution within both the witness and the affected. We realize we know and sense more than what we can express and we engage instinct as a partner.
With the work underway and information streaming between witness and affected, our efforts begin to Intensify. As witnesses, we strip away the veil of avoidance. Internal confrontation is necessary, but painful, to reveal the luxury of ignorance and mirror the experiences of our affected community. Our thirst to learn and bear witness to peoples and events where voices are silenced is awakened. After the Intensification, movements are birthed and kindness is encouraged.
After Intensity comes Inspiration. For seventeen years, affected women survivors of war crimes have continued their Kolo informed trauma care, healing their families and social spheres. Those impacted by the Kolo: WCCC through witnessing, carry these experience for a lifetime. By raising profile of the survivors, we help shape public opinion towards the need for urgent response and inspire collective social change.