Internal facilitators of El Porvenir Prison in La Ceiba have done an excellent job in preparing and promoting AVP. Due to their example of personal change, there are long lists of male residents, many former gang members, who would like to take the Advanced and the Trauma Healing workshops. Given the demand, Judith Aguilar, of the Honduran Mennonite Church, and three internal facilitators offered an Advanced Workshop on October 7, 9, 10 for 13 men living in prison.
Participants, Bucky and Alfredo, shared:
I feel grateful for this workshop; I did things that I never thought I would do, like asking for forgiveness and hugging another man. This workshop changed my life and now I have positive things to talk about with my fellows. – Bucky
I feel better after this second workshop. I feel that my self-esteem improved, and I feel like a little bird when they open its cage. It has made me reflect and I no longer am afraid to speak with my fellows. Since my self-esteem has improved, I feel liberated and motivated. – Alfredo
All received a surprise when a group of internal prison authorities arrived to the workshop site, under order of the prison director, in search of one of the internal facilitators, Santos Funez. They came to ask him to take a position at the top of the prison hierarchy. He responded, I cannot accept since my principles as an AVPer do not allow it. He was offered the post due to his good behavior and leadership as the prison Coordinator of AVP. Penitentiary officials at both the local and national levels have recognized AVP and now support it whole-heartedly.