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Re-integration of former combatants

Support to the Warriors for Peace Academy

Warriors for Peace offers apprenticeships for ex-combatants and members of conflict-affected communities for a new start in normal life.

Detailed Project Description

Background:
Life for ex-combatants – be it rebel forces or governmental servicemen – is often challenging: finding a profitable, meaningful job, settling back in community life, dealing with physical and psychological trauma and simple live with often still destructive energies. Support is rarely provided, the self-transformation from ‘fighting against’ (more life-taking) to ‘fighting for”’ (more life-nurturing) takes time and facilitation. Equally affected can be family members of those warriors or victims of violence in conflict areas.

For whom:
It is primarily open to former combatants from all over the Philippines, who seek to re-integrate into society, and victims of violence (from conflict areas). Occasionally also participants from abroad can join the apprenticeship or volunteer.

What:
The Philippine NGO Warriors for Peace offers an apprenticeship course to train and transform both victims and servants of violence. Regular aikido (martial art) practice provides a different non-violent and reconciliation-oriented approach to opponents with destructive energies. At the same time, participants are introduced to the concept, methods, and techniques of organic farming as a means of environmental protection and income generation. Complementary courses such as language classes (English), first-aid and project management are offered based on need and demand by the participants. 

Why:
The Philippine NGO Warriors for Peace offers an apprenticeship course to train and transform both victims and servants of violence. Regular aikido (martial art) practice provides a different non-violent and reconciliation-oriented approach to opponents with destructive energies. At the same time, participants are introduced to the concept, methods, and techniques of organic farming as a means of environmental protection and income generation. Complementary courses such as language classes (English), first-aid and project management are offered based on need and demand by the participants.

How:
Aikido and farming is one, as the founder of aikido Ueshiba Morihei once said. Both are focusing on the balance of energies, either to deal with potentially violent opponents or with powers of nature. Gradually participants receive more practical and theoretical understanding. Participants live together on the farm and have the opportunity to share and exchange their different ethnical and religious cultures and traditions. They further take increasing responsibilities in all kinds of training (aikido, organic farming) especially toward the population residing around the farm and in neighboring villages. At the end of the apprenticeship, they can join examinations in aikido and graduate as black-belt holders as well as champions of organic farming.

Who is Implementing:
The project is facilitated by experienced aikido instructors from Warriors for Peace and explorative farmers from BeeWell.
The Peace Agents Foundation provides support to Warriors for Peace in program design, fundraising, and monitoring &evaluation.

Where:
The program takes place on the premises of the BeeWell farm at Purok Pili, Barangay Mailum, Negros Occidental in the Philippines.

When:
Participants can start any time. The full apprenticeship takes approximately 2 years until graduation.

Further information:
For more detailed information please visit the website of our partner organization www.WarriorsforPeace.com. [only post this when the website wfp is ready!

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