Since 2015, STEP Forward Exchange proudly became a contact member of Service Civil International (SCI); which is an organisation that promotes international voluntary projects for people of all ages and backgrounds. As a grass root organisation, this achievement is considered as a focal point that has allowed us to be more active in contributing to Peace movements both in regional and international levels.
In July, our representative Anh Thu (Wendy) was a recipient of the SCI Asia Pacific Development Fund and was invited to participate in the SCI Asian Platform Meeting 2016. The meeting was hosted in Khalia Peace Center, Madaripur, Bangladesh. This annual meeting aims to tighten bilateral relationships between SCI branches and contacts and focused on developing projects, as well as promote stronger regional exchanges. The meeting was followed by “Non-Violence Resolution Workshop” carried out by SCI Bangladesh. In this 2 day workshop, participants had a chance to learn about how internal and external conflicts occur; by exchanging personal experiences and discussing how to resolve conflicts through a more peaceful approach.
Coming back from this meeting, our members are excited to implement new learning to our projects. As such, we are now preparing for the upcoming Summer Workcamp which will take place in Vinh Long province, Vietnam. The camp will bring volunteers from different corners of the world to work together for 10 days, with the intentions to support the learning of English and provide an intercultural experience for the children in the rural area of Vietnam.
For more details about the SCI Asian Platform Meeting and SCI ‘s activities, please visit here: http://www.sci.ngo/entry/2016/07/19/343-asian-platform-meeting-july-2016