My Seed Experience in Colombia

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for new and richer experience” – Eleanor Roosevelt. Peace building is something that I learnt from the theoretical perspective but I have always wanted to learn it from the practical point of view so…

Defending the Human Rights In the Midst of Conflict

During our delegation with Christian Peace-maker Teams (CPT) in Barrancabermeja, we were privileged to learn about the work that the Regional Corporation for the Defense of Human Rights or CREDHOS is doing in the region of the Magdalena Medio here in Colombia. Barrancabermeja is a city that is mainly controlled by paramilitary groups since the…

To Teach and Be Taught

These photos show the different projects Juana and I are doing in Mampujan. The children are learning how to quilt, cook and bake, plant trees and paint. They are very determined and eager to learn, and I love the work we do. Quilt Making Mampujan is a displaced community known for the handmade quilts that…

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,…

My First Seed Year

Aren’t you scared to go so far away from family and friends all by yourself? Not just so far away, it’s Colombia we are talking about. Do you know there is violence and drugs? Do you know the only language they speak is Spanish? Do you know how to speak Spanish? These are the questions…

Mampujan Wants Peace in Colombia

Mampujan is a small community in the Montes De Maria in the Department of Bolivar in the north of Colombia. Its economy is based in the growing of corn, cassava, rice and vegetables and the breeding of turkeys, chickens and goats. Because of its geographical location and the presence of hills and valleys, the zone…

Thoughts about the Plebiscite

Colombia is a country that has been immersed in an internal conflict for the past 52 years. The plebiscite is an achievement which most Colombians have been waiting for so long; however, most of them are happy but have mixed feelings about it. Hearing about the peace agreements in a country were war has become…