Plant Hope

When I challenge myself to be connected with the earth I have learned how much we need it. In this case I wanted to share with you how challenging, difficult and at the same time inspiring it is when you plant and obtain the fruit of your efforts in your hands. First of all, I…

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…

Dancing in the Difficulties

I have already been living in the community of San Nicolás in Suacha, Cundinamarca for a bit more than a year, and although the situation is sometimes difficult economically and emotionally for many people in this area due to the many circumstances that exist, something that got my attention since I arrived is seeing a…

Love Where You Live

When it comes to envisioning rural life in the Global South, we tend to envision a picture of a dry, desert like place that is generally sad and a bit depressing. We often forget that behind the challenges of living in a rural community in the global south, there is beauty, nature, tranquility and fresh…

Fond Memories

We are now a year and a half into our two-year Seed cycle. Often, we talk about Seed being a time of transformation, a time of learning and service. For all the Seeders, the better part of the first year is spent learning and absorbing; language, context, names, history, etc. By the second year, most…

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,…