Building Peace from the Grassroots

Over the past few months I traveled and visited almost all the Seeders, from Suacha, to Chocó, to the Caribbean coast. This is one of my favorite part of being a Seed facilitator. I get to observe and see firsthand the Seeders interacting in the contexts as they build trust with community members. I get…

The Role of SembrandoPaz in Communities

Violence, displacement, economic stagnation and a lack of viable political leadership have long plagued communities of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Sembrandopaz accompanies these communities in  creating their own solutions to these endemic problems. As the communities themselves have stated, “We deserve to enjoy the same socio-economic rights that any citizen would enjoy, like electricity, basic sanitation,…

Welcome to the Center of Development in San Antonio!

FAGROTES, or the “Weaving Hope Agricultural Foundation” (Spanish: Fundación AGROpecuaria Tejiendo ESperanza), is a non-profit organization in the San Juan region of Chocó. It originated as a branch of the social ministry of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Chocó in 2009. In an economically impoverished context affected by violence associated with the cultivation of illicit…

Let’s Commit to Agroecology

Since 2015, Sembrandopaz has been organizing awareness workshops on agroecological practices and food safety in the community of Libertad, San Onofre municipality. This project has been well received by the leaders. It has increased the spirit of participation and collective work, leading them to reflect on how to cultivate in a healthier and earth friendly…

Food Security and Livelihoods: How the Mennonite Brethren Church Used Rice Production to Secure Food and Build Peace in Communities in Chocó.

It has been almost 9 years since the Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church’s agriculture foundation, known in Spanish as Foundacion Agropecuaria Tejiendo Esperanza (FAGROTES), started working with farmers to grow rice and later cacao at a large scale in the municipalities of the San Juan, Chocó – Colombia. Initially, the desire to work with farmers to…

Dry Rivers and River Walks

  The Montes de Maria, where Pichilin is located, has a lot to offer. There are beautiful views, mountains and crops of all different kinds. However, there is a major problem that takes away some of the beauty. The problem is a severe lack of water. One of the ways that the lack of water…

CPT in the Land of Cacao

The community of Garzal has been accompanied by various organizations, it is known by all that Pastor Salvador has a rooster that crows at unusual hours and that it is one of the challenges we find there. Because of the crowing of the rooster it is difficult to stay asleep before the sun rises. While…