Peace Place held a Power of Goodness event on the theme “Greeting and Friendship” on 17th February 2020 at Sahabat Kapas Office, Karanganyar, Central Java, Indonesia. Most of the participants were university students volunteering in Sahabat Kapas (meaning Cotton Friends). Sahabat Kapas is a nonprofit and non-government organization working on the issue of child protection, especially vulnerable children or children in conflict with the law, and supporting teens in prison. Risa and Ajeng, Sahabat Kapas volunteers, joined the Cultures of Peace Training last January 2020.
Jati from Yogyakarta, Ratih from Pati, and Ajeng from Surakarta facilitated the activity. They are 7th International Cultures of Peace Training alumni from last January 2020. It was a good chance to share the experiences and spread the message that ‘Peace is Possible’!
Salma, one of the participants said, “I am very happy and grateful to be able to meet people and learn together. From the activity I can learn how to live peacefully by implementing common agreements and also trying to apply them in my life. Because in my opinion all this time I’ve been trying to create a peaceful environment by trying to avoid debate and be fair, but apparently there are many other points to be able to create a culture of peace. For instance, from the Big Winds Blows activity I finally realized that I am actually not alone, there were many people who have the same interests and concerns as me. And in the end, I also believed that I have good things in me, which often I ignore because I usually focus on my weaknesses. The most important thing from the session was when I drew core self. I realized I had felt very happy, alive and full of joy, and I can definitely make that happen again.
Anggi said, “The story Mercy: A Poet’s Memories is very touching. I like history, so I was touched when the facilitator told the story. I could visualize the situation at that time. After the story finished, I increasingly realized that the power of goodness can eliminate revenge and the wounds of war.”
Ajeng said, “Honestly the story is really cool, the first time I read this story, I immediately wondered how come the women can forgive the German soldiers after all the things they had done and the things that happen to their people. That requires a great deal of spaciousness. Then, from that story I reflect on myself. If they could forgive the soldier, couldn’t I also forgive, especially trivial matters in everyday life with people around me. I was able to see everyone as the same, one humanity.”