"From War to Peace" is the name of a project of IELCO outside of the city of Medellin. The project accompanies communities that are recieving ex-combatants that have demobilized since the peace agreements, to accompany the process of reincorporation, forgiveness, reconciliation, peace-building, and community safety. Here we are in a workshop identifying the assets that exist in the community and how the community can put them to us in developing plans of self-protection and risk reduction. The hope that this process carries is a very fitting reminder on this Easter Sunday that death is not the final word.
Saturday, April 20, 2019
For those of you who regularly read the blog, there are a few names that come up often, Zulma is one of them. Zulma and I started working together almost as quickly as we got to Colombia. She has been who I have accompanied most closely during our time in Colombia. There are too many memories with her to just pick one for the blog....but I tried. We decorated our office with an "education" word cloud and are proudly showing it off the day it was hung.
Friday, April 19, 2019
As Colombia is a country in the midst of conflict, it is hard to not notice how the conflict impacts so many aspects of life here. I decided to put a "blank" photo here to represent the photos I wasn't able to take and the trips, workshops, and other activities that I had to cancel due to safety concerns related to the conflict. On this somber Good Friday, I am refelcting on these experiences.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Sara Lara started as coordinator of the human rights program of IELCO in May of 2016. Since then she has been an important compañera for me. She has helped with the cultural translation of life and everyday interactions in Colombia, as well as developing the human rights and peace-building work in IELCO.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
During the Christmas break in 2016, we took a few days to go to Cali (in Colombia, not the state in the US). One of the things to do in Cali is to climb up a little mountain and see the church at the top. We did that and this is us with the church behind us. We enjoyed our time in Cali.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
A very enjoyable part of visiting the community in Medellin, after every workshop or other activity, the community is invited to Maily's ice cream shop. Not only is it delicious ice cream, they come in very generous servings. As Pastor John told Maily as we were all sharing over some ice cream: "You know what you sell here, you sell happiness".
Monday, April 15, 2019
This is me with Mauricio, Mauricio was one of the first people I met when we arrived in Colombia. He and I quickly became close. He calls me his big sister and he is my little brother. This photo was at a special event at our church - that is why we are both dressed up. Lots of fun memories wrapped-up in this photo.