Table of Contents
- US, June 2017 • Young Adult Quaker’s National Gathering at Pendle Hill
- US, May 2017 • AVP/USA National Gathering
- US, May 2017 • AVP Liberation Workshop Cambridge Friends Meeting House, MA
- US, May 2017 • Jamuna visits at FPT Council Face to Face Meeting
- Norway, May 2017 • Nadine goes to Norway
- Korea • What is THAAD?
- Korea • Spring 2017 News
- Korea • Meet Youngsil Kang and Chuck Esser
- ‘Peace Pilgrimage’ to South Korea October 2015
- Stand Up for the Power of Peace: Middle East
- West Bank, Oct 2015 • A Traveling Friend Reports
- Minute approved on 2 June 2015 by the AWP Working Group
- S Korea, February 2015 • Nadine Hoover hosted an Advanced AVP Trauma Healing Workshop in Gangchon, Korea
- Middle East, 2015 May – Jun • FPT-AWP continues to explore a partnership in the Middle East
- Planned Middle East Friends Peace Team • May – June 2015
- Ireland, July 2014 • FPT-AWP Peace Team members travel to AVP International 2014!
- Middle East, 2014 May • Exploratory Peace Team
- Australia, 2014 Feb – Mar • Nadine Hoover, Sojourning Friend at Silver Wattle
- Australia, Jan 2014 • Friends Peace Teams Weekend at Silver Wattle
- Australia, March 2013 • Discernment Workshop at Silver Wattle Quaker Centre
- Middle east, 2013 Dec • Exploratory Peace Team
- Norway, July 2011 • Team Member, Terese Longva Returns Home to Terror
US, May 2017 • Jamuna visits at FPT Council Face to Face Meeting
Friends Peace Teams Council Meeting
Wellesley friends meeting, MA
18-20 May, 2017
I would like thank everyone in Friends Peace Teams in Asia West Pacific for all your financial support for me to visit Bhutanese-Nepali resettled in the U.S.
I enjoyed sharing with Friends about my experiences of working in Bhutanese refugee camps in the eastern part of Nepal since 1991 until 2014 when Bhutan replaced its GDP with a “Happiness Index” by driving out hundreds of thousands of people who were not ethnically Bhutanese, even though they had lived there for over 100 years. The Bhutanese resettled in the US from 2007 until now spent 20-25 years in refugee camps in Nepal.
I also shared with Friends about participating in initiating the AVP program in Nepal from 2008. Although it took four years to convince the UN High Commission for Refugees to allow us into the refugee camps, and then only three facilitators for three months, the refugees were so grateful for this transforming experience.
Finally I shared about the earthquake relief FPT-AWP provided to supported cloth and nutrition to newborn babies and their mothers for about 208 families in Gorkha, Ramechhap, Rasuwa and Kavre districts. During the relief work, we worked with organizations at the grassroot level that support the poorest, disadvantaged and marginalized populations like Dalit, Thani, Majhi and landless families etc. FPT-AWP established cooperative relationships with various organizations and children, women
and schools teachers with almost zero administrative cost. The earthquake struck right when many refugees were apprenticing to become AVP facilitators. Some are grateful to reconnect with AVP in the US. We hope they will continue their apprenticeship.
The Friends Peace Teams Council meeting was a great opportunity to learn about how FPT worked in Asia West Pacific, the African Great Lakes and in the Americas. For such a small group, they have brought great love and respect to many around the world that creates peace and makes peace possible in the world.