Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Creators of Peace follow up on progress in Diepkloof, Soweto

On March 6th the Creators of Peace (CoP) team paid a visit to Diepkloof Welfare Centre to follow up on the participants, who had been through a Peace Circle two weeks earlier. As Phumzile Mogola guided the first session, there were expectations from the participants, such as curiosity to find out about the process of forgiveness and how to implement it and let go of the past. 

The session continued with the participants having to review and reflect on what hinders them from achieving their goals. Some of the barriers mentioned were anger, lack of forgiveness, not receiving the same respect that they give, not having the appropriate experience and qualifications to work,  fear, negative thoughts,  ‘self-doubt’ and holding on to the past.

As the Creators of Peace followed up, participants mentioned that they are free from anger and will not allow it to get the better of them.   Nothing is going to stand in their way of achieving their goals.  They plan to instil this happiness and peace that they have found, in their children. They no longer blame their families and they have learned to understand that everyone is unique and different. Tsholofelo and Josephine said “We are very happy that you guys came and we wish to have more of these sessions.”

In conclusion Cleo Mohlaodi and Mantwa Mabe divided the participants into three units so that they could start support groups to meet once a month to discuss personal and family issues.  They will send in a report to the PC facilitators every time they meet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Report by Cleo Mohlaodi and Phumzile Mogola