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 →
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 →
The fourth annual Intercambio de Semillas y Saberes, Exchange of Seeds and Knowledge, took place this year in Pichilin on September 19th. It’s a time for the surrounding communities to come together, and as the title implies, exchange their knowledge about the land and their plants as well as their seeds. It was a... Continue Reading →
The Villa Barbara experimental farm is an indispensable part of Sembrandopaz. As marked on the sign when you enter the farm, it is a “santuario de paz,” or a sanctuary of peace. The people, the animals, and the nature all play equal roles in bringing about such a peaceful feeling. The farm is roughly 50... Continue Reading →
Youth in the Sembrandopaz-supported Ecological Protectors group, document the state of the Palenquillo stream from its source to the sea and in the process obtain new skills, discover their territory and re-build the broken social fabric.
Personal ideas, united, can create great works. This was one of the lessons learned by women survivors of the armed conflict in Tierralta, Cordoba, through a week-long muralism workshop with the Sembrandopaz arts team.
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.
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 →