In 2011, the Fellowship of Reconciliation USA began a process of restructuring its work, in an effort to focus its staff and resources domestically, strengthening its local chapters and affiliates. Such restructuring called for giving up sole responsibility for the international work represented in the FOR Peace Presence program, and sharing it with groups that have shown commitment with this effort. FOR-USA continues to support and work closely with the FOR Peace Presence, especially during its transition period to an independent organization. We are extremely excited about this new chapter in our organizations history and are determined to continue evolving and be more responsive to Colombia’s changing context.
We have begun the process of organizing a consortium around accompaniment in Colombia. We are building on an effective collaboration model between FOR-USA and the Austrian Fellowship of Reconciliation, which has supported and participated in the project since 2007, initially by sending and funding one member of the accompaniment team and later helping to secure a two-year grant from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). Other branches of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation have shown interest in participating, among them SERPAJ (Service of Peace and Justice, the presence of IFOR in Latin America), which has already agreed to send and support a member of the accompaniment team, as well as other branches in Europe.
The US branch of the Fellowship of Reconciliation was the home for our work in Colombia for over ten years. We are excited about venturing out on our own as well as continuing to be part of the International FOR family, which has an astonishing legacy of peacemakers from around the world. We are also enthusiastic and open to building new alliances with individuals and organizations outside the FOR family. Please email Candice if you are interested in learning more about how you can join our growing consortium.
To learn more about FORUSA’s work, click here: www.forusa.org
To learn more about the International FOR, click here: www.ifor.org
To learn more about FOR Austria’s work, click here: www.versoehnungsbund.at