Raising International Awareness

Ricardo talkingThough the civil conflict in Colombia continues, direct violence on the Caribbean Coast is not prevalent. People are now working to rebuild the social and economic fabric of their communities. International awareness of these processes serves two purposes: First, the context in this region is complex—including a range of actors and dynamics—that make for sobering real-world study and inspirational witnessing. Second, international awareness assists these communities in holding local, regional, and national government accountable for agreements to provide holistic reparations. These reparations will speed up the process of building just, prosperous, and vibrant communities. Sembrandopaz welcomes delegations from universities, religious institutions, and other interested groups to come witness the process of peacebuilding and post-conflict community development. We work with such groups and with participating communities to build an experience that is mutually beneficial and respectful. Sembrandopaz also works with academics who are interested in using this rich environment for fieldwork. Such fieldwork adds to the field literature of peacebuilding and also adds legitimacy to the efforts of local communities. Sembrandopaz is able to accommodate individuals or groups in cabins on its model farm “Villa Barbara.” If you are interested in bringing a delegation to visit Sembrandopaz and the communities of the North Coast of Colombia, please send an email to sembrandopazcolombia@gmail.com.

Successes

  • Sembrandopaz hosted a delegation of 24 students from Eastern Mennonite University, who studied with us as a part of their core cross-cultural program.

Updates

  • What Can Those in the U.S. Learn from Colombia (continued): Lessons from Sembrandopaz What Can Those in the US Learn from Colombia (Continued): Lessons from Sembrandopaz on Coalition-Building by Angie Lederach, PhD candidate at Kroc Institute for Peace and International Affairs, Sembrandopaz volunteer January 29, 2017 In light of the new political reality emerging in the US, I am taking time to reflect on Sembrandopaz’s decades long work to build peace ...
  • What Can Those in the U.S. Learn from Colombia: Lessons from Sembrandopaz   What Can Those in the U.S. Learn from Colombia: Lessons from Sembrandopaz on Building Coalitions by Angie Lederach, PhD candidate at Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Department of Anthropology, Sembrandopaz volunteer January 22, 2017 In the wake of the US presidential inauguration, accompanied by mass mobilizations aimed at resisting the policies and rhetoric of violence that ...
  • Looking Toward the Future with Hope LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE WITH HOPE Sincelejo, August 25, 2016 Ricardo Esquivia Ballestas “Anyone who is among the living still has hope” (Ecclesiastes 9;4) Today an important and significant step has been taken for the Colombian people. Two groups of warriors, the national government and the FARC-EP guerrillas, have shaken hands and signed an accord in which they commit ...
  • On the Road of Hope Sembrandopaz is very, very pleased and gratified to be recognized by World Vision International with its Peace Award for 2014. As our Director, Ricardo Esquivia says, Sembrandopaz is not an organization, it is a community, and this award belongs to everyone in our community. We humbly serve a larger process that is driven from ...
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