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Asia West Pacific2018-11-12T16:27:19+00:00
Asia West Pacific supports peace workers in areas of conflict and suffering, seeking activities to restore and nurture peace and sharing our stories of nonviolence, healing and reconciliation. We get to know ourselves by entering other worlds—worlds very different from our own—discovering our common humanity and celebrating our rich cultural diversity.

Aotearoa / New Zealand

Friends from Aotearoa/NZ reach out to Indonesia, the Philippines and the Samoan Islands responding to requests for help with how to practice peace and nonviolence. In 2014, Esther Cowley-Malcolm went to Peace Place in Pati, Indonesia and to Bohol, Philippines to support AVP. In 2017, Liz Remmerswaal and Nadine Hoover met at Paul Chappel’s training on working to make war illegal, and in 2018, Rosie Remmerswaal joined the International Peace Training at Peace Place, Pati, Indonesia. Along with PLA Working Group member, Saskia Schuitemaker, Friends gathered in Aotearoa/NZ in 2018 to share mutual support for peace work at home and in the Pacific Islands.

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Aotearoa / New Zealand

Friends from Aotearoa/NZ reach out to Indonesia, the Philippines and the Samoan Islands responding to requests for help with how to practice peace and nonviolence. In 2014, Esther Cowley-Malcolm went to Peace Place in Pati, Indonesia and to Bohol, Philippines to support AVP. In 2017, Liz Remmerswaal and Nadine Hoover met at Paul Chappel’s training on working to make war illegal, and in 2018, Rosie Remmerswaal joined the International Peace Training at Peace Place, Pati, Indonesia. Along with PLA Working Group member, Saskia Schuitemaker, Friends gathered in Aotearoa/NZ in 2018 to share mutual support for peace work at home and in the Pacific Islands.

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INDONESIA

A week after the 2005 Peace Accord in Aceh, we began AVP, which led to visitation and training in empowerment, resiliency, liberation and discernment, and integrating peace into education for young children, youth and adults. This work has expanded into Sumatra, Java and West Papua.

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INDONESIA

A week after the 2005 Peace Accord in Aceh, we began AVP, which led to visitation and training in empowerment, resiliency, liberation and discernment, and integrating peace into education for young children, youth and adults. This work has expanded into Sumatra, Java and West Papua.

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KOREA

In Korea, AVP facilitators, Cho-Nyon and Jong Hee, invited Nadine Hoover in 2015 to share the special topics training developed through Friends Peace Teams work: Resiliency, Liberation and Discernment. AVP-Korea has facilitators from most of the national peace organizations, so we were able to share consultation on advocacy for peace and justice. Park Jungjoo invited Nadine Hoover to facilitate talks and trainings for the teachers and peace activists in Jeju Island, and then later in Busan, working to find approaches that create mutual support between peace education and peace activism.

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KOREA

In Korea, AVP facilitators, Cho-Nyon and Jong Hee, invited Nadine Hoover in 2015 to share the special topics training developed through Friends Peace Teams work: Resiliency, Liberation and Discernment. AVP-Korea has facilitators from most of the national peace organizations, so we were able to share consultation on advocacy for peace and justice. Park Jungjoo invited Nadine Hoover to facilitate talks and trainings for the teachers and peace activists in Jeju Island, and then later in Busan, working to find approaches that create mutual support between peace education and peace activism.

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NEPAL

‘Wisdom Partnership’ describes our relationship with Nepali peace workers. We share practical wisdom towards creating and restoring cultures of peace. Subhash from Kathmandu sought help to nurture the peace and nonviolence movement in Nepal. He invited the Alternatives to Violence Project to Nepal in 2008, and Friends Peace Teams responded beginning in September 2012. Onward, our relationships expanded from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Morang, Hetauda and Surkhet. We reached communities, public schools, university, civil organizations and refugee camps to reduce violence and create cultures of peace. From the beginning, we have met challenges as they arise and discerned ways to reach out to vulnerable people, such as public school teachers and students, people from various castes and classes, refugees, victims of human trafficking and natural disaster.

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NEPAL

‘Wisdom Partnership’ describes our relationship with Nepali peace workers. We share practical wisdom towards creating and restoring cultures of peace. Subhash from Kathmandu sought help to nurture the peace and nonviolence movement in Nepal. He invited the Alternatives to Violence Project to Nepal in 2008, and Friends Peace Teams responded beginning in September 2012. Onward, our relationships expanded from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Morang, Hetauda and Surkhet. We reached communities, public schools, university, civil organizations and refugee camps to reduce violence and create cultures of peace. From the beginning, we have met challenges as they arise and discerned ways to reach out to vulnerable people, such as public school teachers and students, people from various castes and classes, refugees, victims of human trafficking and natural disaster.

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Northern Caucasus & Ukraine

The North Caucasus include a half dozen territories north of the Republic of Georgia. Chechnya gained independence after the Soviet Union, but Russia resumed control in 2009. Peacebuilding UK maintains long-term relationships with Chechens, and reaches out into Dagestan and Ingushetia. Friends Peace Teams supports their relationships to encourage friendships, resist isolation and collaborate on working for peace.

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North Caucasus & Ukraine

The North Caucasus include a half dozen territories north of the Republic of Georgia. Chechnya gained independence after the Soviet Union, but Russia resumed control in 2009. Peacebuilding UK maintains long-term relationships with Chechens, and reaches out into Dagestan and Ingushetia. Friends Peace Teams supports their relationships to encourage friendships, resist isolation and collaborate on working for peace.

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PHILIPPINES

Friends Peace Teams responded to the call for alternatives to the growing violence in the country. Four days after a 7.2 earthquake in Bohol in 2013, we offered an Alternatives to Violence (AVP) workshop in the Philippines, which established long-term relationships among people committed to bringing peace to the planet.

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PHILIPPINES

Friends Peace Teams responded to the call for alternatives to the growing violence in the country. Four days after a 7.2 earthquake in Bohol in 2013, we offered an Alternatives to Violence (AVP) workshop in the Philippines, which established long-term relationships among people committed to bringing peace to the planet.

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OTHER REGIONS

Asia West Pacific shares a concern for peace workers in the Middle East as well as Asia: Palestine, Israel, Afghanistan, and Iraq. We have reached out to Malaysia and Singapore at times, and are open to hearing from peace workers anywhere in the region. Please contact us if you are actively working for peace and would like some companionship along the way.

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OTHER REGIONS

Asia West Pacific shares a concern for peace workers in the Middle East as well as Asia: Palestine, Israel, Afghanistan, and Iraq. We have reached out to Malaysia and Singapore at times, and are open to hearing from peace workers anywhere in the region. Please contact us if you are actively working for peace and would like some companionship along the way.

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Asia West Pacific Initiative People

Working Group

Clerk, Fenna Mandolang, New York YM
Recording Clerk, Valerie Joy, Australia YM
Treasurer, Josh Albertson, Northern YM
Treasurer, Jane Drexler, Australia YM
Coordinator, Nadine Hoover, New York YM
Coordinator, John Michaelis, Australia YM
Communications Specialist, Nadine Hoover, New York YM
Nepal Contact, Subhash Kattel
Philippines Contact, Kins Aparece
Korea Contacts, Park Jungjoo, and Chuck Esser, Philadelphia YM
Aotearoa/NZ Contact, Rosie Remmerswaal, Aotearoa/NZ YM
Power of Goodness Contact, Chris Hunter, Peacebuilding UK, Britain YM

Staff

Indonesia Coordinators, Petrus and Nanik, Javanese Mennonite Church