In the history of SELL, we have had multiple workshops hold the same weekend and each had its unique record. But these two workshops held within the same period of time in different locations but had many similarities.
The first workshop was at St. Theresa's Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria. The SELL team at Yola said they honoured the invitation to work with the IDP's because that was the only way they could support them in their most challenging time. The radical Islamic sect called Boko Haram displaced these people from their villages as a result of the incessant attack.
The unit of the SELL Program that was delivered was the Peace Building unit. Sessions in the unit that helped participants experience healing include; Memories, possibilities that can assist healing and Anger Management. What the SELL programme does is that, it helps the individual to realize that though the violence has happened, he/she does not need to be violent as well, as the saying goes; "an eye for an eye will only make the world go blind". The young people at the IDP camp were equipped with skills on how to learn to forgive, as forgiveness itself is a gradual process. Some Participants said it was difficult to forgive the person that destroyed their home and property and even the worst case of brutally taking away their lives. What more could a facilitator say in this situation than to listen; as Paul Tillich said, ‘the first duty of love is to listen.’ The atmosphere of the workshop became emotive and tensed but in the end, the aim was achieved; people were listened to, people saw the need to forgive and free themselves from the deadly poison of bitterness and retaliation and their skills on anger management was also developed during this workshop.
The second workshop that recorded 98 participants was a scintillating experience for both the participants as well as the facilitators. This was manifested by the lively discussion during the process and evaluation feedback.
The workshop held in Lokoja town, the capital of Kogi State, Nigeria. The beneficiary groups were staff both teaching and non-teaching of two schools, namely; St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Anthony of Padua. The units of SELL that were explored during the workshop were some selected sessions in Leadership and Self Awareness units. The facilitators were; the team of; Mofolorunsho Taiye, Fr. Donatus Ogunleye and James Olorunmolu.
We felicitate with Taiye Mofolorunsho; the Kabba SELL team leader who walked down the aisle with his bride on Saturday, 28th November, 2015.
Happy birthday to all November born SELL members, Moses Alokpa, Tommy Hayden, Hannah Dimlong, Pat Murphy, just but to mention a few.
"The SELL programme reaches the South East Nigeria," this will be the caption for our next blog, please stay with us and have a blessed weekend.
It’s been Maria Dagogot, Communication Desk officer SELL.