Hello, my name is Dorthea Rumere, but I’m called Thea. Rory introduced me to Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) at the end of 2017. She was my colleague at the Institute for Assessment and Strengthening Papua’s Capacity. Rory said the material provided was very practical, not just a theory but rather a way to empower yourself, learn and practice. It’s also suitable for Papua and the Church community, so I was very curious.
We were working for the Prevention of gender-based violence through USAID BERSAMA in our villages, Yoboi and Kehiran 1, in Sentani District. Kehiran 1 Village is located on the mainland, whereas Yoboi Village is located on Lake Sentani. All the buildings, such as houses, schools, churches, village offices, libraries and volleyball courts, are encircled like a stage surrounded by a natural sago forest. This program of discussions focused on women, men and youth has run for more than one year, since August 2017.
In November 2017, Rory informed me that we would take part in a training at Peace Place in Pati, January 2018. I had no idea what it would be like and never imagined I’d participate two years in a row! When the time came to depart on January 10, I was very excited, even though I was recovering from a cyst surgery on December 1, 2017. We boarded a Garuda flight for five hours to Soekarno Hatta Airport in Jakarta, where we waited a few hours to fly to Semarang.
Scripture Study of Building a Culture of Peace in the Church, March 2018, Photo by Rory