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Agenda for March 2012 Working Group call

Hi everyone! Hope you’re doing well…

Friends Peace Teams in Asia West Pacific Skype call (Tues/Wed-see time table at end of email).

1. Please RSVP to: Michael Hanes <hanes.michael@gmail.com> and John Michaelis <john@michaelis.net.

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AGENDA

Settle into silence then check in’s calling on each person.

Discernment is this group’s primary work. You can think of this in many ways, such as: What is significant about our work or the way we do it? What is most important to focus on? Why are you involved? We don’t all need a profound thought every month, but your guidance is what directs this work. We’ll call on each person again; speak if you have something you’d like to offer on direction and discernment.


1% inspiration; 99% perspiration. To have what inspires us takes some basic work. We hope persistence pays off to get the Skype calls easier. Rosemary is working on the     handbook, which will take time and attention. Are there other support activities?


Report  for Friends Peace Teams to Friends Yearly Meetings 2012: Please review the following paragraph. It was sent to the FPT Council as South Central and Southeastern Yearly Meetings are soon and need an annual report. If we want any changes, we can make them and send them to the Council as an update. Australia is coming online slowly—John Michaelis and Nadine Hoover will take a trip together in June to introduce him to the Indonesia work. FYI-FPT Face-to-face meeting is in Austin TX May 17-20, 2012. Those of us who are attending from Asia West Pacific will be meeting on Thursday morning at 9:00 am at the Austin Friends Meeting House.


Friends Peace Teams expanded from Indonesia to Asia West Pacific as John Michaelis from Australia joined Nadine Hoover from the U.S. as co-coordinators and Nick and Sarah are supporting Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops in Singapore and Malaysia. If support expands, we hope to respond to requests from Nepal and Korea     to support AVP workshops there. Requirement for a military permit to Aceh was lifted in 2010, which allowed Friends Peace Teams to enter areas closed for thirty-five years. East Aceh, Langsa and Tamiang are working together to conduct regular Alternatives to     Violence Project (AVP-HTK in Indonesia) workshops to strengthen the practice of the core team of facilitators; they started a blog:  htkaceh.blogspot.com. Practicing AVP cooperative agreements are known as being good parents, teachers and family and community members through a couple     dozen schools as well as communities. The thousands of people driven out of Aceh during the war (1999-2000) sought new forms of power when they were attacked and intimidated by over 1,300 forest rangers, police and military personnel. Friends Peace Teams helped them report the incident to the U.N. and Amnesty International. The we delivered hand-sewn dolls to children and teachers. Although     workshop participants are limited to 24, women have begun to travel more freely and one workshop 230 women showed up, so we made 23 circles of 10 people each and proceeded. In Java, we opened a joint Christian-Muslim training center for nonviolence, healing and developmental play and began working with Indonesia Yearly Meeting.  Peter Watson from Aotearoa/New Zealand works with wood workers in Central Java to make developmental toys and Nicholas Rozard works with potters in Yogyakarta to make water filters. We built microbiology and ceramics labs to support the Indonesians to learn to make, test and produce water filters on their own.


AVP is going well in Java at Peace Place and in Aceh. We have begun charging for workshops so they can be more self-sustaining. The charges should at least cover the expenses and food. Facilitators may need to be paid in order to keep up the workshops; if so, the workshops will be called “Basic Development Workshops” with credit to AVP for the content and volunteer AVP workshops offered regularly to poorer more isolated communities.


Schools: in Matang Neuheun, East Aceh and at Tondomulyo, Central Java. Nadine is hoping to collect some dolls, round cakes of tempera paint, jumbo crayons and pattern blocks for the school by Dahlan’s home in Matang Neuheun. These cost about $350 if they’re not donated. Matang Neuheun will cost about $200 to outfit and Tondamulyo has requested $2,000 to build a building behind Pak Sun and Bu Zum’s home for their school. So we could use about $2,550 by May to help these two schools along.


Water Filters in Yogyakarta. To use less funds, Nick worked hard to build most of the equipment needed to do the ceramics research and production. SHEEP staff have     learned a lot from this process and from Nick, which puts them in a position to follow through on this work on their own. This is a major accomplishment. Nick visited two places—one in Cambodia and one in Bandung, Indonesia—where they are producing water filters,     but they are run by foreigners, not by Indonesians themselves. Transferring the knowledge base to bring the Indonesians along with this work has required a lot of investment, but we are pleased with the fact we are doing it together. Nick hopes to have a prototype ready for testing by the time he leaves in May. SHEEP and Nick are requesting an additional $7,000 to hire someone to follow through and to cover the testing over the next year. Nick did not get the Fulbright, so his availability in the near future is unclear.


Developmental Toys at Peace Place. Peter Watson, from Aotearoa/NZ, joined with two others to provide minimal funding for a guest house at the Peace Place. He will     staying there for the month of May to work with the wood workers on developmental blocks and toys and to attend the AVP workshops. Peace Place is providing the necessary quality control to keep the developmental toys high quality. Production is slow, but good     quality and now available in Indonesia, which has not been true before!

Discernment  and Cooperative Decision Making. Nadine hopes to turn her attention to reworking the second level AVP workshop on Discernment and Cooperative Decision making. We are hoping to do the workshop in Aceh the first weekend of June with John Michaelis present and again at Peace Place in mid June. If it goes well, we will try to formalize the organization of FPT-AWP and Peace Place based on discernment, which would be a major step forward in organizational options.


Children’s Storybooks. We have several storybooks almost ready to publish, but may not have     time to attend to it until this fall. Yuyun has applied to Alfred University, but is still working on an 80 on his internet TOEFL  score, which will be required for admittance. This may not be possible this year, but he is working hard on this.


Nadine and John go to Indonesia together at the end of May thru June 2012 to introduce John to our friends  there and to do workshops in preparation for the new school year that starts in July.


Support. What do you plan to do in the next month to help out the work?


One word check-out.