Very often, when we talk about humanitarianism, and about bringing peace, we think of very material solutions. But, does participating in building peace only pass through actions?
The peace. There are Nobel Prizes for this, associations, training or even a world day to advance peace in this world.
The members of the ASAH collective are artisans of peace because they provide answers to needs in very difficult places in the world. Whether through an emergency response or the establishment of a long-term development program, these NGOs and associations are helping to build a more peaceful context in extremely difficult circumstances.
When parents know that they have a roof to offer their children, food to give them, that they will be able to look after their children and allow them to go to school... They are more serene, despite the surrounding context which can be unstable and difficult.
All of these non-exhaustive examples show the extent to which providing material and concrete aid contributes to building peace.
But, does participating in building peace only pass through actions?
Very often, when we talk about humanitarianism, and about bringing peace, we think of very material solutions.
However, being a peacemaker begins with BEING. Every humanitarian worker or volunteer first begins by bringing peace through their way of being. And don't we all have this mandate wherever we find ourselves, at work at home or at school?
When annual meeting of the ASAH collective of this year, this is the theme that will be addressed. Thanks to a theological and practical contribution, the collective will participate in equipping its members and partners so that simple presence before any action brings peace and transformation, and this in extreme contexts of crisis and tension.
It is essential that our being and our doing do not contradict or contradict each other.
“I leave you peace, I give you my peace. I do not give you as the world gives. Let your heart not be troubled, nor be alarmed. (John 14:27)
Amelie Roumeas, Collective coordinator ASAH