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Singapore: AVP can be truly transforming!

By Kins Aparece

A Creating Cultures of Peace (CCP) Empowerment Workshop in Singapore was organized on June 15-16, 2019 at the St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church, Singapore.  CCP has the equivalency of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Basic Training. There were thirteen participants from different backgrounds, faiths, persuasions and ethnicity. The participants testified on the following:

“I bear witness to how AVP can be truly transforming to people who attend it. It was eye opening to see strangers coming together and bonding within a few hours through the power of affirmation and authentic communication. The facilitators were fabs in creating a safe space for us participants to dive deep into our hearts and soar high through fun and laughter. Would definitely recommend it to everyone!” – Magdalen

“The 2-day AVP workshop came at a rather timely season of my life. Besides desiring to grow in self-knowledge, I realised it was more important to first recognise the need for more peace-workers in our world and to desire to build peace in my little ways at home, at the workplace and in my personal relationships.” -Clasandra

“The 2-day AVP workshop came at a rather timely season of my life. Besides desiring to grow in self-knowledge, I realised it was more important to first recognise the need for more peace-workers in our world and to desire to build peace in my little ways at home, at the workplace and in my personal relationships.” -Clasandra

“I did not expect the workshop, content and tools to resonate so deeply with me. The weekend challenged me to think and reflect on what peace and violence means to be as a human person. The tools introduced to us were practical and immediately applicable to my life at home and at the workplace.” – Celeste

“To me… the workshop is empowering and a humbling experience, learning to be more aware and mindful to a non-violent approach in my daily life.”  -Dias

“The workshop forced me to stop, reflect, and be more intentional in what I do and say. I truly felt that I was able to see the most beautiful parts of everyone else because I could also be at my best self.” -A participant who chose to remain anonymous

The organization of the workshop was made possible through the diligent preparation of Stacie and Denise who joined the 2019 International Peace Training in Pati, Indonesia. The strong support of the Franciscan friars who ran the St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church facilitated the preparations as they generously opened their doors to us.

Since the facilitating team came from different countries, the facilitators worked together for months practicing the tools and did good companion together. They chose their activities months before the workshop. They wrote their own instructions and practiced giving instructions online. The facilitating team was composed of Stacie Tan (Singapore, January 2018 & 2019 IPT participant), Melanie Siaw (Malaysia, IPT January participant), Candy Diez (Philippines), and Kins Aparece (Philippines).