On March 7, 2021 and March 14, 2021 at the Sentani’s shelter, 66 children from the Sentani, Lani, Toraja, and Membramo practiced together: stopping, affirmation names, cooperative agreements, the light and lively called “big wind blows”, core self, and affirmation in pairs. They took 8 hours for two meetings. Session 2 took the sub-theme “At peace with oneself”. After the stopping activity, the participants read one of the bible verse quotations from Matthew 5: 9, namely “Blessed are those who bring peace, because they will be called the children of God.” The team did the Bible reading at this AVP-Creating Cultures of Peace workshop because all participants are Christians.
Since June 2020, AVP-Creating Cultures of Peace training has been introduced to the children at the Holei Roo Orphanage. Now everyday they get used to mentioning the affirmation names that have become their new names for their friends. They also practice being good listeners. They have started to speak up and even some of them, namely Mengampuni (Forgiving) Mina, Delightful Duta, Pintar (Clever) Pince, Damai (Peace) Dela, Jujur (Honest) Junior, Kasih (Loving) Kaleb,Cerdas (Smart) Ceryl, and Taat (Obedient) Trio, have started practicing stopping in their daily lives.
The team is happy because the AVP-Creating Cultures of Peace approach is slowly starting to bring change to children. They begin to be able to respect their friends and their environment more calmly and not scream at each other. The team believes that peace is possible and peace with justice is so much wanted in the land of Papua.