Ciederpaz: Churches and Ethno-Territorial Organizations Build Peace, Development, and Reconciliation in Southern Chocó

My partner here in Chocó, the Mennonite Brethren Church, is part of the Interethnic and Ecumenical Corporation for Development, Reconciliation and Peace (Ciederpaz). Ciederpaz is an initiative of churches, ethno-territorial organizations and other local and national entities “with the objective of creating a space for articulation in order to unite efforts relating to ethno-development, reconciliation…

El San Juan

  I look at you, River, and I imagine your past. Clear water flowing through lush forest, Cachama swimming through your depths, Ocelots wandering by your banks at night Where monkeys swing and sloths move languidly through the trees. You, River, feed the land. From your mountain source you travel Connecting, shaping the land Until…

Weaving Hope through Cacao Farming

Simon Eliecer Valencia Moreno is a farmer who lives with his wife in Paimadó, a rural community here in the Chocó region of Colombia where I’m accompanying the Mennonite Brethren church in my role as a Seeder. Like many rural communities in the region, Paimadó is only accessible by river, and Simon, like other farmers,…

My interview with Yineth

It’s already been one and a half months that I have been getting to know the community here: the city of Istmina, the San Juan region, and the Mennonite Brethren church and their social ministries which I am accompanying as a Seeder. During this time of transition and learning, one person who has supported me…