The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) was introduced in the Philippines, particularly in Bohol Province a few weeks after the fated 7.2 earthquake. After almost two years, AVP was shared to almost 100 participants who experienced a non-threatening and life-changing workshop; supporting people to deal with conflict and violent situations.
The AVP Mandala
Advanced AVP Workshop Participants in their closing day @ the UB IRC
I was in the pioneer AVP Philippine batch. We did the workshops in between aftershocks. We went through it all. I was the only participant who was not connected with the Provincial Government. It was a good space to meet more people and listen to their stories.
Then the opportunity to participate in an international peace workshop came. I did not hesitate to say yes to it because it would nourish myself and makes me more into a better person that I strive to be. It is also a good space for me to experience the culture of Indonesia and those of other countries. I look forward to relish the chance of being fully present for the other despite language or cultural barrier... Most of all, I look forward to being a participant!
I am indeed grateful and excited...