Table of Contents
- 2017 Oct • Reflections after the Gorkha Earthquake
- 2017 August • Flooding in Nepal
- Jamuna Shrestha and Poonam Pokwal Visit Ohio
- A Story of Yad Gurung
- Experiences with the Bhutanese in Pittsburgh, PA USA
- Mini-Workshop with the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh
- Planting Seeds of Peace
- Crisis in Darjeeling
- A Taste of Empowerment
- AVP Taste of Empowerment Mini-Workshop
- 2017 May-July • Jamuna Shrestha Visits with Resettled Bhutanese in the US
- Jamuna Shrestha to visit the US
- 2016 September • AVP trauma healing workshop
- 2015 November • Workshops help with recovery
- 2015 Oct • Beginning workshops for recovery
- 2015 Sept • Nepal is Beginning to Heal
- Seeking Discernment
- 2015 June • Vidya Sutton returns to Kathmandu after the earthquakes
- Trusting in the discernment of the local Nepalese
- Nepal Earthquake Relief Log
- Visiting communities to listen to stories of loss and repair destroyed hopes for survival
- Nepal Relief Update
- First batch of relief support is distributed in Nepal
- Update from today’s visit to a village
- April 2015 • Earthquakes hit Nepal
- 2015 March • Discernment workshop in Nepal
- Planned Nepal Friends Peace team • March – April 2015
- Bhutanese refugees struggle after relocating in the US
- 2014 Apr – May • Nepal
- 2013 December • Nepal Peace Team
- Training Facilitators for AVP Workshops in Refugee Camps in Eastern Nepal
- Struggles in the Lhotshampa Refugee Camps
- Lhotshampa Refugee History
- Supporting AVP Facilitators in Nepal
Planting Seeds of Peace
AVP Liberation Workshop
Cambridge Friends Meeting House, MA, USA
May 22-24, 2017
The AVP Liberation Workshop was an excellent workshop! I chose not to facilitate, since I had not participated in this workshop before. Facilitators Nadine Hoover, Sarah Mandolang and Tom Martin modeled an incredible variety of strategies, developing an incredible community with all the participants, and learning many ways to work through and reflect on an activity.
It was an amazing learning experience for me. I am enriched. What I liked best is that this experiential Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshop began the first day with inclusive community building, then showed how prejudice operates in daily communication among those people close to us, and then finding transforming power in everyone and every moment. We continued by exploring the dynamics of oppression and internalized oppression, how old hurts create aspirations for
privilege, and how to rely on transforming power in the simplicity of direct relationships. The last day explored experimenting with relying on transforming power to guide our decisions and our lives, experiencing the liberty of conscience when act on what we know is right, and then reflecting on the whole workshop and closing.
It was quite hard for me to understand at times, but I could feel how powerful it was. I could really see how in the future, before participating in this kind of workshop, participants should learn trauma recovery and resilience tools first, so we know how to not become overwhelmed by the emotionally hard work of liberation from prejudice and oppression. Thank you.
With love and peace,
Continuing Revolution 2017: Peace
Young Adult Quaker’s National Gathering
5-7 June, 2017 at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA
Young adult innovators lead the peace movement through showing different programs and activities from there own places.
The Continuing Revolution among young adult Quakers is a national gathering to plant the seeds of peace. It reached for the possibility of creating peace between enemies within a temporarily real community gathering, deep in the Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA, USA.
I believe that after experiencing how life would feel, living together in peace, removed from their normal reality at home, young people from entrenched conflict areas would be guided by a more hopeful idea for peace upon their return. I was inspired to see the cultivating of new generations of leaders to transform conflict. Young people have the courage and capacity to change and lead change.
Youth voices in peace building are present everywhere, but sometimes not recognized, although most young peace builders create positive impact with minimal resources. It’s important to provide them with the tools they need to become more effective change markers.
Nadine Hoover and I did an hour and a half session on “The Power of Visiting: Politics of Making Friends, not Enemies.” It was very powerful to see how important self care and understanding of good companionship is for peace, at home and in the world. We offered an interactive experience of building friendship, bound by cooperative agreements, and bolstered by the tools of learning to listen and share hard stories as well as uplifting stories. Nadine also call Quakers to practice their faith, to experience the immense transforming power in life, to trust it and to let it guide and shape our lives and decisions.
During the meal times at lunch and dinner interested groups learned more with an individual who was involved in the work of peace. So Hayley Hathaway shared about the Friends Peace Teams (FPT) and Nadine Hoover and Jamuna Shrestha added about FPT and my purpose of visiting in the U.S.
I learnt how love and respect can create peace, but we have to continue the revolution and support to the young adults. Thank you.
With love and peace, Jamuna Shrestha