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2016 April – May • Peace Place Activity Update

1. AVP Workshop in Sabu Raijua, East Nusa Tenggara.

AVP workshops on 20 April and 4 May, 2016:

The village of Ledetalo is in the district of Mehona Liae Sabu, Sabu Raijua. This workshop was held for two villages that are part of an area targeted for assistance by the Sheep Foundation of Indonesia in East Nusa Tenggara. This area has many problems related to poverty, health, access to education, and drought. Our hope is that AVP being introduced to the region will strengthen the community and village government so that village development can be conducted independently.

Team building facilitators

Friday May 22 and Saturday May 23, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 16:00. Followed by 6 people — two representatives from the village of Ledetalo (Youth and Sunday School teacher), one representative from Eimadake (Chairman PKK Hamlet & Teachers ECD), one Jiwuwu (village head), and one volunteer local and field coordinator from the Sheep Foundation of Indonesia (Sabu Region).

Agenda:

Fraternity and good intentions.

Communication and memory.

Cooperation and relationship building.

Cooperation and communication.

Cooperation and problem solving.

 

Aims :

Coaching how to work as a leadership team.

Coaching how to give and receive feedback.

Leading the event.

Training facilitation skills.

Training to convey ideas.

Building a feeling of fellowship between the team and the facilitator.

Developing confidence as a leader.

 

AVP Workshop for children in the villages of Mehona and Ledetalo

Guided by three coaches — Petrus, Andi Ferdiyantoro (Indonesia Sheep Foundation program field coordinator in Sabu Raijua) and Luther, the local volunteers who came from Raijua, Sabu.

A workshop held on April 25, 2016 was attended by 30 children in the village Mehona, in the district of Liae Sabu, Sabu Raijua. On May 2, 2016 in the village of Ledetalo, District Central Sabu, a workshop was attended by 27 children between the ages of 9 and 15.

Agenda:

Self-knowledge and getting to know each other

Learning to bring out the good in yourself and others

Speaking, listening, and cooperation

Time needed — 3.5 hours.

At the beginning, the participants felt awkward speaking. By the end of the session some of the participants were sharing, but there were still about 6 children who had difficulty sharing. In general, most participants had difficulty coming up with ideas, especially when the session was focused on reflecting on everyday life. In a reflection of activities there are three questions that give the feel of what is currently doing activities, learn what activities and what will take home / practiced in everyday life?

 

AVP workshops in the village of Mehona on April 26 and 27, 2016 and in the village of Ledetalo on April 28 and 29, 2016

These trainings aimed to build recognition of self and others, to emphasize the good in others, and to facilitate communication, cooperation, and problem solving as a basis for village planning.

In the village of Mehona the workshop was attended by 23 people, and in the village of Ledetalo 19 people attended. Attendees included villagers and members of BPD (Village Parliament, representatives of youth, health cadres, RW, Chairman of RT, village midwives, nurses, community health clinic, and community leaders.)

In the village of Mehona we started with 28 people in attendance, but during a break 5 participants left the training without the permission of their team. Their friends said that they were afraid to speak speak alternately.

On the second day there was one additional participant so we reviewed the previous day’s material specifically for that new participant. However, 12 people did not come to resume training. Two people asked permission.

Talking and listening is a habit that has always been done in everyday life, but when it is practiced in a workshop almost all participants have difficulty conveying their ideas on specific topics because they have to speak in front of so many people. In the games and icebreakers there is also the challenge of actively listening to other participants. In Ledetalo, one participant almost always dominated the conversation, and as a result the other participants felt less capable. From this training a lot of people learned to speak without the fear of being wrong. They also learned not to dominate the conversation and to allow others to express ideas, opinions and feelings.

At the end of the Mehona training the village head specifically give an appreciation.  He said that the workshop material helped the village and community leaders to learn how to better exercise courage, openness, honesty, cooperation, and empathy, which are all valuable leadership qualities. The chairman of the Ledetalo BPD (village representative) said that in the reality of human life we are confronted with violence and conflict, not only things that are fun. One member of the Mehona BPD said that she was awakened to how to realize a peaceful family life, and how to be able to communicate with her husband and children, so she was determined to make it happen in her family.

 

2. On May 16, 2016, Peace Place purchased a land area of 964 m2 directly adjacent to the Peace Place.

The land is worth Rp 440 million, for which we still have a shortfall of Rp 40,000,000. Purchase of land a hope for early childhood teachers, parents and Peace Place itself to developing a place of peace in Indonesia.

 

3. Tondomulyo Workshop

The AVP workshop was introduced in Tondomulyo with the aim of promoting inter-faith peace and providing alternatives for people to live in peace. The AVP worshop held on June 29, 2016 was attended by 16 children aged 10-13 years. On June 28-29, 2016, the workshop was attended by 35 people, including 4 children from Pati, 3 AVP team members, 1 volunteer from Germany, one family of four from Colorado, and 19 children aged between 11 years to 17 years from Tondomulyo. Most of them learn the Koran (Qur’an) at the school in Bangsri Jepara, Runting Pati and Kajen, Margoyoso Pati, which is the basis of the largest boarding school in Central Java.

 

Erik Skiff’s perspective: The workshop takes place in a small one-room preschool classroom adjacent to the mosque. Sunlight fills the room via a large atrium. The children and teenagers who participate sit patiently and attentively through all of the activities in the two day workshop. Although Feliz is sweltering hot in her long skirt and long sleeves, the Tondomulyo girls, dressed in long orange, blue, grey, and slate blue skirts, long sleeves shirts and hijabs, seem impervious to the heat. The boys all wear t-shirts and jeans with the exception of Ahmed, who wears a fez and sheath. The girls answer questions confidently and assertively. Two of the girls speak about wanting to serve God, wanting to travel, and wanting to learn Arabic. One of the boys, the man’s son, name Augus, mentions “focus” and the ability to pay attention as being important qualities to him. And he does remain focused throughout the workshop in spite of being one of the youngest participants. The students talk about the person who they respect the most. When I’m paired with a boy named Ahmad, he (also the man’s son) tells me that he respects his teacher the most because he (Ahmad) learns from his teacher, and his teacher affirms to him the things that he is good at. We partner up and share things that we consider positive qualities in ourselves, and we listen to our partner’s positive qualities, and then share our partner’s positive qualities with the group. Later, a number of participants (including me) share that it is hard to speak about our own positive qualities, but it feels good to hear about others’ positive qualities. Then we share our goals for the future.

 

We are also asked to share about violence that we have experienced, and to share about ways to deal with violence constructively. Coralie’s list is all comprised of violent things that her younger sister Ramona has done to her. Then we make lists of things that are violent and a list of things that we associate with love and affection. Many of the actions that the students bring up are universal, like hitting, bullying, and ignoring. One student lists “getting too much homework” as a form of violence. One of the forms of violence stands out to me, and seems to be specific to Indonesian motorcycle culture. It is, “tying someone behind a motorcycle and dragging them to their death.” Along with things like “hugs” and “being fed” on the list of things that we associate with love and affection are also “access to health care” and “the support to realize your dreams.”

When we finish making lists, we are asked to share ideas about how to resolve violent or potentially violent situations using nonviolence. Answers like “talk about things instead of hitting,” “tell and adult,” and “call the police” come up.

Near the end of the workshop, one girl shares that she’s never shared out loud the things from her inner world that she’s shared in the workshop. After the workshop, the Tondomulyo girls take selfies with Coralie and Ramona. Coralie smiles and does a silly walk on the way out of Sunhadi’s home, and the girls call after her, “Cora, Cora, Cora!” In the courtyard outside of the Tondomulyo Mosque we pass freshly harvested rice drying in the sun on large tarps as we start our drive home.

 

4. AVP Workshop with the congregation at GITJ Ketanggan (Mennonite church).

Erik Skeaff and Petrus: At 4 p.m. on June 24, 2016, we leave by motorcycle for the Mennonite Church in Ketanggan Village. The pastor, Bowo has spent time in Pennsylvania, and when we asked him about American food, he told us that he still missed the gravy. He added that gravy just doesn’t taste the same when he tries to make it. As I sat in Bowo and his wife Gloria’s living room and ate fried vegetables and potato pancake, I asked them about how they plan their sermons. They explained that often a congregant will bring up an issue during the week, and then they will plan a sermon around that issue. After visiting with Powo and Gloria, we went to the church for the workshop.

The workshop was attended by 40 participants, including Feliz from Germany and the Ahrenskeaff family from Colorado. The workshop was opened by a song that was led by Powo, who was accompanied by a single guitarist. A teenaged girl to my right joined in the singing with a beautiful voice. It was interesting to go through the peace process activities with the Mennonite congregation. Many of the icebreakers and group games from the peace process training are familiar to Heidi and me from our work in outdoor education, and it was heart warming to see participants reacting by laughing, smiling, and joking around — in exactly the same ways that Canadians on a canoe trip in northern Ontario would react to those activities. At the end of the workshop, some people said that even though these activities seem like games, the games teach values that go to the core of what is important in life. After the workshop, we all ate from a potluck buffet of rice, curried chicken, and eggs that the congregants had brought. At the end of workshop, the congregation agreed to further activities, possibly in mid July of 2016.