Table of Contents
- 2016 March • Earthquake Strikes Mentawai Island
- A Decade of Tsunami Relief: Author chat with Nadine Hoover of Friends Peace Teams
- Tunas Baru Preschool’s First College Graduate!
- 2015 FPT-AWP Annual report
- Update: How you can help the people of Barak Induk
- People of Barak Induk once again under attack
- 2015 June • News from Joglo Preschool
- Minute approved on 2 June 2015 by the AWP Working Group
- Nepal Earthquake Relief Log
- Visiting communities to listen to stories of loss and repair destroyed hopes for survival
- Nepal Relief Update
- Nepal Earthquake Appeal Letter
- First batch of relief support is distributed in Nepal
- Stay at the FPT Guesthouse in Pati, Indonesia
- Silaturahmi: The Power of Visiting
- News from Palestine and Israel
- Exploratory Workshop: Connecting with Australia’s First Peoples
- Community Reading Room and the Barak Induk New Generation AVP Team
- Floods in Pati, Central Java
- “Power of Goodness” has come under the care of FPT-AWP
- Good News for Global Drinking Water!
- AWP Fall 2013 Newsletter
- PeaceWays Newsletter Fall-Winter 2013-14 issue
- News August 3 2013
- News June 26 2013
- News from Nanik at Peace Place
- News April 1 2013
- News February 25 2013
- Activities at Peace Place in February 2013
- Report to Australia Yearly Meeting January 2013
- Peace Is Possible 16 January 2013
- Petrus sent us a letter from Peace Place in Central Java today.
- News August 2012
- News August 1, 2012
- News June 2012
- News May 2012
- Expanding from Indonesia to Asia West Pacific!
- News 12 April 2011
- Peace is Possible 9 March 2011
- News 14 Dec 2010
- News 25 Nov 2010
- News, 10 Aug 2010
- News 20 July 2010
- News 15 April 2010
- News 8 March 2010
- Water Filters 21 Jan 2010
- News 18 Jan 2010
- Teacher Update 18 Jan 2010
- News 27 Oct 2009
- News 19 Sept 2009
- News 15 May 2009
- News 16 April 2009
- News 28 Feb 2009
- News 15 Feb 2009
- News 9 Feb 2009
- News 14 Jan 2009
- PIPA Letter to Indonesian Government January 2009
- News 12 Dec 2008
- News 13 Nov 2008
- Request for Teachers
April 27 2008
- News 13 April 2008
News 8 March 2010
Thanks for all your support of the Indonesia Initiative. I am in Indonesia February and March. Just a short note to update you on what has gone on.
Autumn and I traveled in Aceh and the refugee camp for a month. We helped the preschool teachers in the refugee camp, brought teachers from Jaring Halus over the ocean to the refugee camp in the mountains for them to share. We also checked on the chili farming, which was flooded a couple month ago twice, but is coming along well now. We also went into new areas of Aceh that have just been opened up to foreigners. We went to an area that even people from there said we could not get in to do Alternative to Violence Project (AVP) workshops, but we went, got a full workshop, were tremendously supported and welcomed and asked how many more we could do. They are very hungry for new sources of power and paths forward. We were able to visit and spend time with very isolated people and set up a AVP training for facilitators for next month and arrangements to set up a pre-school in Idi Rayeuk.
We are amaizingly busy. Peter Watson is with me now. Sarah and Nick are in Jogja working on filters. I should get some news tonight, but it seemed to be going well. I brought Peter from Aoteareo/NZ to help with the wood shop blocks. We did a AVP mini for about 35 jr and sr high counselors with some listening companions stuff for a day in Jogja, then drove to Pati, Central Java. Next morning we went 2 hrs to Jepara to a wood shop where we spent two days teaching them about early childhood activities and materials and trained them to make a small set of a dozen blocks to fit into a wooden box as a puzzle. They produced their first box before they left the second day. Then we went to visit a preschool in a rural edge of Pati where their is some deep Islamic fundamentalism. It was touch and go whether they would let us in, but we watched them teach (their day is two hours), then shopped for four hours, Then spent a day and a half cleaning, setting up and teaching them all the activities, then their kids came in Monday from 7-9, then we talked until noon. It was a TOTAL transformation, but they loved it and even the really conservative men wanted pictures with us before we left. They were still stand off-ish, but really happy. Knowing and using some Arabic and Islamic courtesy went a long ways. They have messy play, dramatic play, block play and literacy play areas now and the kids looked like they had done it forever. One of the wood workers came to see what it was like, which was really good.
Peter is doing two more days with the woodworkers while I set up another pre-school in Jepara. That means the woodworkers in Pati and in Jepara both get to see what we are talking about and interact with the teachers and school leaders. This will be great. They are excited. Most of the woodworkers are youith leaders in their churches as well. In Jepara will be the first Christian pre-school I will do. Until now they have all been Islamic.
Then we visit Al-Falah School for a day, visit family and we’re back in Aceh next Sunday!!!
The work is soooooooo rewarding!!!! Every day is like an historic event. Strange to be in world where the meaning and measure of our every action is felt. I believe it is true all the time, but it is not always so felt.
Much, much love,