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Training in the different municipalities in which the MFC is developed. Photo: Comunicaciones ARN.
Jaime*, who since 2017 has been carrying out his reincorporation process, is part of the group of people who lead, together with other peace signatories and community residents, the Community Strengthening Model in the Corregimiento de San Pablo in Teorama, Norte de Santander. As part of this process and in the light of the needs of the territory, they joined forces to carry out the adequacy and endowment of the community library that will be administered by the Community Action Board (Junta de Acción Comunal - in Spanish).
"We want this space to be consolidated as a training place for boys, girls, young people and adults. It has been a genuinely nice experience because we also chose to create a football school looking for new opportunities for the use of leisure time. We are encouraged and look forward to further progress on the purposes", Jaime says*.
As part of this model, a job training process will also be carried out, to strengthen the productive capacities of women members of different organizations in the municipality of Teorama.
Luis Armando Carreño Oñate, ARN coordinator in Norte de Santander, explains that work with the communities continues even within the framework of the health emergency, complying with the biosecurity measures and the local authorities' regulations. "We make progress in the community processes focused on each municipality, with the installation of the promotion committee and the citizen training session, which rights, duties, and structure and functioning of the Colombian State issues are addressed".
In Tibú, El Tarra and Teorama, it has sought to promote the active participation and empowerment of communities since 2019, so that the same participants are the ones who lead both the implementation and the sustainability of their projects.
In the former ETCR in Caño Indio, for example, located in Tibú, they are working in the "Forging bonds of reconciliation and peace towards the progress of the Veredal Core Caño Indio" project, for the construction of community roads – through the use of a footprint plate – which favour access to the territory and the marketing of products. This project will benefit more than 2,078 people.
Finally, in El Tarra, the community project focuses on the strengthening of the House of Culture, and the development of an audiovisual project that allows progress towards the transformation of the imaginaries that have historically associated the municipality with the conflict and the violence.
These spaces have allowed the interaction of ex - combatants and community, through training and education in peace - building issues, taken cultural identity as a reference.