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…

Top 5 Things Chocoanos Love About Their Department, Chocó

Many Colombians who do not live in Chocó tend to hold a negative view and/or description of this Pacific Department of Colombia. They tend to focus much on the region’s economic poverty, internal political displacement and conflict, misery and hopelessness of the people who are born and raised in Chocó. I recently carried out a…

Share Your Voice

Several people proposed to me the idea of teaching an English class in Andagoya, Chocó. Though hardly qualified, I accepted. Seed, after all, is a program of cultural exchange. I have tried to tailor its content towards the interests of my students. One thing they wanted to learn were English worship songs. I picked some…

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…

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…

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…