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Reaching out to AVP Facilitators in Papua during the Pandemic

By Petrus

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The Covid-19 pandemic has had a changing impact on AVP training methods and all the face-to-face activities that were previously carried out. Online training is one option that can still be carried out in building an AVP Facilitator in Indonesia.

The AVP training experience conducted with Dorthea Rumere in February 2020, followed by participation in the online AVP training from July 2020 to September 2020 organized by Peace Place Pati to equip Novince Margareta Selly who was born in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara on November 20, 1982 to participate continued Online Facilitator Training held by Peace Place Pati from January to April 2021. Novi Selly has also participated in PoG events several times.

Since June 2020 Novi Sally has shared the AVP combined with Bible reflections with children at the Holei Roo Orphanage who were abandoned by their parents because of the situation in Papua. She has also shared with the Youth of the Indonesian Bethel Church (GBI) Nafiri Sion, Sentani and with the childsurvivors of the 2019 flash floods as well as children who have been studying at home until now.

Novince Margarita Selly, graduated from high school in 1999, and did not have the chance to attend college. Until 2003, she worked in Jakarta, then moved to Malaysia as a domestic laborer for two years and then worked as a laborer in a company until 2011. After that she worked as an nurse for the elderly in Singapore. In early 2014 she came back to East Nusa Tenggara. In April 2014, she went the studied to mission. In 2016 she joined a social organization in Papua and worked as a Kindergarten teacher until 2018. Then in 2019 she married a Papuan and now lives in Sentani, Jayapura Papua.

Many changes occurred in her after getting to know AVP. This strengthened her to share AVP in Papua. Finally Novi Sally organized some friends in Papua to join the online training from Peace Place Pati which started on April 30, 2021. This was the first time Novince Margarita Sally became an apprentice. This online AVP Basic training was attended by 5 volunteer child assistants from Jayapura Papua, 4 teachers from the Miftahul Huda Tondomulyo Pati Foundation, an activist accompanying Street children from Yogyakarta and 2 people from Peace Place Pati.

The AVP Basic online training was interrupted by the disconnection of the internet network in the Papua region on 30 April 2021 at night. The disconnection of the internet network also affected school children who had been studying online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In this situation,Novi voluntarily opened her house to several children, who were learning to read and write. Novi was asked by some parents to assist the children in learning English. She had gotten English proficiency while working in Malaysia and Singapore. Now, Novi needs the Power of Goodness stories to read to the children.

Novince Margarita Selly, who currently joins the Community of The Papua Literacy Care Network (JPBA), believes that all people are good and capable, that everyone has the right to a decent life and proper education and that everyone needs a sense of security, peace and justice.