Two Women, Three Prisons - Part 3: Commitment

Nelly Huayahua, Magaly, and a new AVP San Pedro graduate

Magaly successfully defended her sociology thesis on the morning of January 30th, then left immediately afterward for an AVP Basic graduation in San Pedro prison.

She went to the AVP International Gathering in Guatemala in early October, and also attended the pre-session Community-Based Trauma-Healing Workshop.  Magaly was quoted on her experience in the FPT Peace Ways  newsletter: “I learned to remember what happened, to look at it with my heart’s eyes, and to recall the good moments. Also, to trust in my community and the capacity to express my most deeply hidden traumas in order to heal them.”

There were many at the AVP Gathering from Central and South America. They met as a region and chose representatives to a new Latin American Gathering Committee.  Magaly agreed to serve as the Bolivian rep, which means she’s one of the people from 10 or more countries who will plan and organize a first Latin American Gathering.  She’s since been in contact with folks throughout Latin America and is taking the job seriously.

We've come to expect nothing less of her.

In November, Magaly initiated a conversation with Bolivian facilitators in 4 cities, which yielded a process to clarify AVP goals and to organize on a national level.

It's a continuing source of inspiration to us to see the possibilities that unfold when students like Magaly have the support they need to finish their studies!