Friends Peace Teams Annual Reports

The text of recently received Annual Reports are below, with the most recently received at the top and older reports below. To jump to a particular report, simply click the year listed below.

2012 Report 2013 Report 2014 Report 2015 Report 2016 Report

2016 Annual Report

No report received.

2015 Annual Report

No report received.

2014 Annual Report

No report received.

2013 Annual Report

No report received.

2012 Annual Report

The Work of the Initiatives
In April, 2011, the African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams (AGLI) Coordinator David Zarembka published a book, A Peace of Africa: Reflections on Life in the Great Lakes Region. At the end of the year, AGLI extended service volunteer published her book, Ending Cycles of Violence: Kenyan Quaker Peacemaking Response after the 2007 Election. In August, 2011 a successful International Healing and Rebuilding Our Community (HROC) for facilitators was held in Burundi. Some of the ten people from the United States have started conducting HROC workshops in the United States, mostly with immigrants. In the Congo, the peace center bought a piece of land and is planning to build a community center/peace house for rape survivors. The Bududa Vocational Academy acquired seven lots in the middle of the town of Bududa, built the school buildings, and moved there for the new school year in February 2012. During the year AGLI had 6 extended service volunteers and nine workcampers in July 2011 including three from Botswana. An AVP program was launched in Kenya with 42 newly training youth facilitators who have conducted basic AVP workshops for 1600 youth in a volatile area of western Kenya.

Friends Peace Teams expanded from Indonesia to Asia West Pacific as John Michaelis from Australia joined Nadine Hoover from the U.S. as co-coordinators and Nick and Sarah Rozard are supporting Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops in Singapore and Malaysia. If support expands, we hope to respond to requests from Nepal and Korea to support AVP workshops there. East Aceh, Langsa and Tamiang are working together to conduct regular Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP-HTK in Indonesia) workshops to strengthen the practice of the core team of facilitators; they started a blog: Practicing AVP cooperative agreements promotes being good parents, teachers and family and community members through a couple dozen schools as well as communities. The thousands of people driven out of Aceh during the war (1999-2000) sought new forms of power when they were attacked and intimidated by over 1,300 forest rangers, police and military personnel. Friends Peace Teams helped them report the incident to the U.N. and Amnesty International. Then we delivered hand-sewn dolls to children and teachers. Although workshop participants are limited to 24, women have begun to travel more freely and one workshop 230 women showed up, so we made 23 circles of 10 people each and proceeded. In Java, we opened a joint Christian-Muslim training center for nonviolence, healing and developmental play and began working with Indonesia Yearly Meeting. Peter Watson from Aotearoa/New Zealand works with wood workers in Central Java to make developmental toys and Nicholas Rozard works with potters in Yogyakarta to make water filters. We built microbiology and ceramics labs to support the Indonesians to learn to make, test and produce water filters on their own.

Last October, Peacebuilding en las Americas (PLA) sponsored 20 of 30 Latin American attenders at the very successful Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) International Gathering. Nearly 100 AVPers from 22 countries attended, and it was the first fully bilingual English-Spanish Gathering. PLA hired a young couple, Manuel and Viviana Garcia Avila, to coordinate AVP in Colombia where there are three regional groups (in Barranquilla, Monteria, and Palmira, near Cali) that receive funding for over 50 workshops annually. Another 2 regions are developing (Medellin and Barrancabermeja). In El Salvador, an extended service volunteer, Margaret Lechner, is working with young people in villages around Suchitoto, and a Salvadoran Friend, Salomon Medina has organized a second workshop with Quakers near San Salvador. In Guatemala, our full time volunteer Saskia Schuitemaker has widened contacts with groups in several regions of the country, and started work in slum areas of the capital. In Honduras, our partner group, Tejedoras de Sueños, did 11 workshops last year and has started the 12 that are planned there this year. In Colombia, Guatemala and Honduras, the work includes Community Based Trauma Healing workshops, and Val Liveoak will offer at least 4 of these workshops in the US and 2-3 in Bolivia and Ecuador this year.

FPT’s US Office
This year the FPT office staff has had challenges in keeping up with the administrative and accounting requirements that support the work of our Initiatives. A second part-time staff member was hired and this year we had our first official audit of accounts. We published 2 issues of PeaceWays newsletter and the current issue is available at the FPT table. In addition to keeping up with the volume of work, raising enough funding to support the accounting and reporting about the work in the field has been difficult. We would like to ask that all Friends Meetings add FPT core budget to their annual gifts to Quaker organizations. FPT and the Initiatives mobilize a great amount of volunteer work in the US and internationally, and donations that support the necessary infrastructure are vital to continuing it.