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Peace Place Appeal…

Peace Place Garden, School, & Training Centre

If we use power wisely, we can heal; when we heal, we can develop; when we develop, we can have peace; when we have healing, development, and peace, we can learn and have a healthy future.

Please help us complete the permaculture development to enable people from all walks of life, ethnic backgrounds, religions, and ages to experience and practice peace, justice, and right relationship with themselves, each other, and the natural world.

Peace Place needs a final US$2,525 for a water tank, storage units, library shelves, library door and windows, dining table, 42 days of workers, and drilling a well. This shortfall is a result of not including in the original estimate the cost of two outdoor bathrooms to use for the training center and for the children in the outdoor play spaces. 

The permaculture design for the Peace Place land in Pati, Central Java, Indonesia, was developed last June, 2019. In September 2019, Peace Place undertook constructing the open and semi-open building structures, large outdoor play areas for children, and lots of plants to provide a comfortable space for activities. Since January 2020, Peace Place and surrounding communities have utilized these additional facilities during the unexpected pandemic.

Peace Place

(Left) Still needs completion to Library room, kitchen, living room and storage
(Right) Kitchen Room

In March 2020, the Indonesian government closed school activities and prohibited large gatherings. When a community member tested positive for COVID-19, residents used Peace Place to mix disinfectants for spraying residents’ houses, public facilities, and vending stalls. The permaculture, open-air design made Peace Place a safe place to work. In April 2020, following public health protocols, Joglo Preschool reopened. In the afternoon, village children use the playground and local activists use the training center to organize and plan. It’s been a joy to be able to safely support so much community activity during these trying times. 

 The training hall is a parallelogram: 7 meters front to back and 7 meters wide in the front and back, and 9 meters wide in the center. It accommodated 43 participants from 10 countries in the 7th CCP International training activity. They also built a two-story 4m x 8m building with storage for training materials, Unit Block stock, mattresses, and trainees’ luggage with sleeping quarters upstairs, and a library and consultation room with an open-air kitchen and dining area to use during training session downstairs. To the left of the training hall is a laundry room, two bathrooms, and clothes drying area, which is used by training participants and the Joglo Preschool. The gardens include vegetables, fruit, and herbs for the kitchen, shade trees, and flowers with small group gathering spaces. Petrus began with a site plan, but no architectural drawings, so he had to learn many things and make many decisions. The results, however, have been very successful, functional, and appreciated.

Peace Place spent Rp367,237,712 (US$26,230) received from FPT and Rp35,000,000 (US$2,500), which was their total reserve. They require an additional Rp28,855,000 (US$2,060) to complete the project (see the budget plan) for a water tank, storage units, library shelves, library door and windows, dining table, and 42 days of workers. Peace Place has an additional need for Rp6,500,000 (US$465) to drill a second well to secure water during increasingly frequent droughts. This comes to a total of US$2,526 still needed. Any funds raised over this amount would go to replenish the Peace Place reserve.  

Donate online at friendspeaceteams.org/donate or send checks to 1001 Park Ave, St Louis, MO 63104 USA. 

Australians transfer to BSB 032 086 Acct 366770 SWIFT WPACAU2S (please specify purpose).