Table of Contents
- 2017 Feb • Hayley describes a transformative experience in Indonesia
- 2016 May-Sept • Feliz Zschoche volunteers at Peace Place
- 2016 FPT-AWP activities
- 2015 June • Vidya Sutton returns to Kathmandu after the earthquakes
- 2015 April • AVP workshops in Nepal
- 2015 March • Najla Drooby’s experience at the Peace Place International Workshop
- 2015 March • Discernment workshop in Nepal
- 2015 February – March • Autumn Star shares about her trip to Indonesia
- 2015 Feb • Autumn Star returns to Indonesia
- 2015 FPT-AWP activities
- 2014 September • English Classes with students at Raudlatul Falah, an Islamic high school in Java
- 2014 April • Philippines Peace Team Travel Log
- 2014 March – April • Indonesia Peace Team Travel Log
- 2014 • Indonesia Peace Team, Vydia Sutton
- New Generation of Barak Induk Team
- 2014 February • Indonesia Peace Team Travel Log
- 2013 December • Nepal Peace Team Travel Log
- Friends’ work continues
- 2013 October • Philippines Peace Team Travel Log
- 2013 Peace Team to Indonesia – Blaze Nowara, Christopher Hughes, Ludwig Bon Quirog
- 2013 Jun – Jul • Indonesia Peace Team Travel Log
- Never Underestimate the Power of a Few People — Growth Always Comes from Small Sprouts!
- 2013 Feb • Indonesia Peace Team
- Training Facilitators for AVP Workshops in Refugee Camps in Eastern Nepal
- Opening of the Taman Bermain Buemoe Ubeut (Small Earth Playground) Preschool in Langsa
- Community Noticing Improvement in Joglo Preschool Students’ Behavior
- Struggles in the Lhotshampa Refugee Camps
- Supporting AVP Facilitators in Nepal
- Yuyun’s Artist Scholarship
- 2012 • Indonesia Peace Team, John Michaelis
- 2012 • Extended Service, Kristina Blank
- 2012 Jan • Indonesia, Joe Dosch
- Norway, July 2011 • Team Member, Terese Longva Returns Home to Terror
- DOLLS! DOLLS! DOLLS!
- All in a day’s work
- 2011 • Extended Service, Esther Buckwalter
- Peace is Possible!!!
- We did it! Indonesians run AVP basic workshop in East Aceh
- 2007 Jan • Indonesia Peace Team, Jakarta
- 2007 Jan • Indonesia Peace Team, N Sumatra
- 2007 Jan • Indonesia Peace Team, Aceh
- An Adventure in Indonesia, Stephen S. Haynes February 2007 unpublished article.
Peace is Possible!!!
Twenty-four preschool teachers and parents gathered at a preschool in N. Sumatra to change the way they taught their children. Friends Peace Teams combined games from the Children’s Creative Response to Conflict with Alternatives to Violence Project and trauma healing activities followed by developmental play with young children.
Laughter, positive adjectives, affirmations and communication rolled into sobbing as these women realized how cruelly they were treated as children and how cruelly many of them treat children to astonishment at practicing calm, relaxed listening from the heart as others discharged emotional distress and at the generosity needed to cooperate with one another.
After learning a great deal themselves through play and games, they understood what it meant that “children learn through play.” Learning to love and work with others as well as the Earth through play came so much more naturally once they were able to build bonds of community and trust with each other.
When asked what they learned the point most referred to was: “To have the courage to speak without fear of making mistakes.” Speaking in groups was not something most of these women had ever done. By the end of six days, all of them were speaking readily and passionately.
Barak Induk, the former refugee camp just over the border of Aceh in the mountains of N. Sumatra, has run Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops for five years and a developmental preschool for over two years and helped developed the AVP trauma healing advanced workshop. Since no other developmental preschool programs existed in their area, they asked Friends Peace Teams to train others.
We agreed. If there were one school that wanted to completely change their program, we would work with them at their school. Other schools could watch us work with this one school to see how to carry out real change in a real place, rather than just talk about it in isolated room somewhere.
After the six-day training, Mislan, the AVP coordinator for N. Sumatra commented, “I have been in all these trainings before, but doing them together makes sense in a way that gives me a whole different understanding. This was amazing!”
A woman some years ago commented after one of our trainings, “We (Indonesians) think we have been free for over 50 years, but we are not. We are colonizing and oppressing our children the same way the Dutch colonized and oppressed us for so many years. Education alone will not free us; we must recognize the violence within our ourselves and our day-to-day lives and learn to choose peace!”
Nadine Hoover, Jamie Carestio, Mislan and Rini Warouw repeated this training in Kota Binjai, East Aceh as well as offering training in making organic compost. Nadine Hoover is now working to write this training in a manual in both English and Indonesian. The Ministry of National Education’s Department of Early Childhood Education has expressed interest in promoting this workshop for teachers and family members. Together we can choose peace!