In early 2010, Peacebuilding en las Américas partnered with Mercy Dream Weavers, an organization which draws upon feminist spirituality to advance women’s rights and eco-feminism. Mercy Dream Weavers promotes women’s holistic empowerment so they can better harness their strength to organize and transform their realities.
Dream Weavers began in 1999 after Hurricane Mitch destroyed the social and physical framework of communities throughout Honduras. Mercy Sisters and Associates saw the need not only to rebuild communities physically but also emotionally and spiritually, offering programs for people to heal from trauma. They have found this healing as essential for leading people to question practices of domination and discrimination–social, political, religious and personal – and to generate new knowledge and change structures that maintain violence and gender inequality.
With PLA’s training, support and financial assistance, Dream Weavers has made AVP a fundamental part of their work in nonviolence and consciousness-building. Dream Weavers has trained new facilitators across the country, traveling to distant communities in rural areas.
After the initial PLA training in 2010, Dream Weavers completed an average of 15 to 20 workshops a year. Workshop participants have included Tolupan women in defense of their territories against illegal mining companies, Garifuna women resisting domestic violence and illegal tourist projects, female teachers in impoverished pre-schools, high school youth, men and women currently incarcerated in prison in Progreso, and women’s human rights and feminist groups across San Pedro Sula.