ON MENTORING YOUNG WOMEN LEADERS: SHARING MY JOURNEY WITH ASHOKA COLLEAGUES

This morning, I delivered my valedictory address in behalf of my online classmates at Ashoka.Org. According to their website, “Ashoka is the first and largest network of leading social innovators in the world. Founded in 1980, Ashoka pioneered and helped establish the field of social entrepreneurship. There are now over 3,500 Ashoka Fellows in 93 countries who are working in all fields—from health and human rights to education and the environment. Since 2013, Ashoka has been electing Ashoka Fellows from the Philippines.”

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THE BANGSAMORO PEOPLE INVITES CIVIL SOCIETY TO CONTINUE THE JUST-PEACE JOURNEY WITH THEM

How is the transitional government of the newly established autonomous Muslim region in southern Philippines doing? This is the 3rd year of the 6-year Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA). Mindanao Peoples’ Caucus (MPC) had been commissioned to conduct a review. Upon learning the findings and the recommendations, the Bangsamoro invites the civil society to continue the justice-and-peace journey with them. PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) commits to continue our humble presence in this journey.

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E-COMMERCE TEAM MEETS TO STRATEGIZE CFP-PBCI NEW NORMAL OPERATIONS

The eCommerce Team of Coffee for Peace and PeaceBuilders Community met last Saturday, 03 October 2020. We reaffirmed our vision, mission, and values. We started the leadership transition process from the founding generation to the younger generation. We started the digitalization of our business processes to thrive through the economic challenges caused by the present pandemic.

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WE’RE IN DIALOGUE WITH THE GOVERNMENT ABOUT OUR PAR-FRAMED FARMERS’ TRAINING PROGRAMS

The Director of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in Region XI (TESDA XI) laid down the requirements and processes towards the government’s accreditation of our farmers’ training programs. While firmly standing on our Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Principles and Practices, we will seek to comply with all the requirements and procedures placed before us. We feel this is necessary to avoid being misinterpreted by the government as they look at peace and justice advocacies from the lenses of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

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JOJI IS ONE OF THE THREE GLOBAL HONOUREES OF THE ‘2020 OSLO BUSINESS FOR PEACE AWARD’

Today, the Business for Peace Foundation announced the ‘2020 Oslo Business for Peace Award’ winners. Joji Pantoja, President & CEO of Coffee for Peace, is one of the three winners of this prestigious award. The official citation says: “She has dedicated her career to building peace in conflict zones and improving the lives of marginalised groups through economic stability.” Coffee for Peace is a social enterprise and a twin-organization of PeaceBuilders Community.

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I’M LAMENTING AND I’M ANGRY ABOUT THE RECENT KILLINGS OF PEACEBUILDING AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

Along with the millions of rural peasants and urban poor suffering from the system that oppresses them, I express my lamentations and my anger with the killing of Randall Echanis and Zara Alvarez. These are two of the many justice and peace activists slain in the past few years. I cry justice for them all. As a faith-based peace-and-justice field worker committed to active nonviolence, I will continue to help lead our community to fulfill our calling and to do our tasks in the midst of these challenges.

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‘COFFEE FOR PEACE CAFE’ REOPENS WITH APPROPRIATE PUBLIC HEALTH SAFETY PROTOCOL

We’re happy to announce that Coffee for Peace Café, our social enterprise in Davao City, is now open again. This coffee shop had been closed for five months due to CoViD19 lock down. After reconfiguring our operations and integrating public health safety protocol, we’re ready to serve you. Welcome back!

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2020/08/10/coffee-for-peace-cafe-reopens-with-appropriate-public-health-safety-protocol/

OUR GLOBAL PEACE COMMUNITY

We are sent by Mennonite Church Canada Witness in partnership with our international community.