Upcoming regional elections in Colombia.

By Jonathan Dahlager, Sembrandopaz intern     All across Colombia, political campaigns are ramping up in preparation for the local elections all across the country on October 27th. The significance of these elections is best understood through observing the sheer quantity of posters, apparel, and advertisements painted across even the most remote communities, displaying the... Continue Reading →

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Women survivors of violence paint their past and future.

In a small town in northern Colombia, that for two decades was fought over between paramilitaries, guerrillas, and the national armed forces, fifteen women survivors of violence came together in the back patio of a small church to remember the past, acknowledge the present and envision the future. The women, ranging from 20 to 50... Continue Reading →

What does the Environment have to do with Peace?

When I was studying social work, I never imagined that my future job would include investigating rivers.    But it did.  And it totally makes sense.   In Sembrandopaz we accompany community processes that work towards building peace and promoting reconciliation.  As the coordinator of youth accompaniment, I got to know groups of youth from different communities who are dedicated to transforming their region and are confident that peace is possible.  One of the main focuses of these youth is protecting and taking care of their environment.

Visitor’s Viewpoint: Visiting a FARC camp.

By Richard Boren, Founder, Friends of Sembrandopaz. After spending several weeks in Colombia in Sucre province visiting Sembrandopaz, I traveled to Cesar province to visit the FARC demobilization camp there. The camps were established in February 2017 and there are twenty-five nationwide. Sembrandopaz staff had visited this camp several times with community leaders and the... Continue Reading →

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