We bring you glad tidings from the Resource Room at Logre, Upper East Region of Ghana in this episode of our monthly updates for the month of February. We trust that all is well with you and it is our hope that you continue to enjoy lasting peace in your milieu.
“Blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called sons [and daughters] of God” – (Matthew 5:9). As part of projecting and responding to the clarion call to be peace makers as children of God, we began the month with a training of our Volunteer Facilitators in the Tamale zone – the Northern Region of Ghana, on the Peace Building Unit of our Programme. A total of 36 young adult Volunteer Facilitators were trained of which 13 were females.
They were equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to the task they have volunteered to undertake; that is, to be agents of change and in this particular situation to be harbingers of peace to all people regardless of ethnic, religious, cultural or gender differences.
The main sessions of the Peace Building Unit that we explored together are Big Jo, Memories, Analysis Tree, Sexual Abuse and Anger/Conflict Management. Other capacity building materials that added gloss to their zest were Hand Massage, Draw Your Fire, All Life is Interconnected, Trauma and Trauma Healing (Capacitar). All these were meticulously and logically facilitated and from the feedback that the trainees gave we are very much confident and hopeful that ‘peace will flow like a river and spread into areas deserted by conflict and set the victims free.’
A week following the training, that is 9/02, the Resource Team had its first official meeting with the Link Brother (a brother linking the Resource team with the Presentation brothers) at the Resource Room. After discussing the way forward of the programme to a successful end, we set-off to the farm of a renowned farmer in the Upper East Region by name Fuseini joined by Edna, a Dutch volunteer working with the Daughters of Charity sisters on their Street Children project in Kumasi, to have an experience of nature restored by the effort of a man and his wife. And on the same weekend we had a workshop on the Leadership Unit at Soe in the Navrongo-Bolgatanga zone.
We were blessed to have Michael Osei Nkrumah - a Misean Cara mentor, to take us through project reporting and accounting as a capacity building for the team on the 13th and 14th. It was very comprehensive and relevant to our programme so far as project applications and administrations are concerned.
After the encounter with Michael, the team was out for outreach activities on the weekend at University for Development Studies – Navrongo Campus for a workshop on the Peace Building Unit and also at Binduri Rectorate for an overview workshop to choose potential Volunteers to be trained as facilitators to support our work and to reach out to their community.
Having gone through the activities as stated so far, the team decided, and fittingly so, to build their capacity for the work ahead. We travelled to Mole National Park in the Northern Region to interact and have a feel of nature in its pristine state. As advocates of peace and care for the earth, it was necessary to have had that experience at Mole as it was inspiring and awakened new awareness towards all life forms.
Renewed and energized by the foregoing capacity building, the team spent the last weekend of the month still in Tamale for mentoring on the Peace Building on which the Volunteer Facilitators were trained. Saints Peter and Paul, Savelugu, Kamina and Nyankpala are the communities we were at. It was strength renewing to witness participants express their excitement and appreciation having gone through the unit with commitment to contribute towards building of peace in their communities.
As we bring you this update, we will be remiss if we fail to acknowledge and appreciate all those who support our work in diverse ways. We thank our benefactors, the leadership of the programme (the Presentation Brothers), the youth chaplains, the Volunteer Facilitators, our followers and all who work to promote peace in their own special way.
As we look forward to bringing you updates at the end of March, we entreat you to stay tuned to whatever you do that promotes peace.
“May the Lord bless you and take care of you;
May the Lord be kind and gracious to you;
May the Lord look on you with favour and grant you peace.” - (Numbers 6:24-26).
SELL RESOURCE TEAM, GHANA