Ambassadors’s challenge

IMG_3098A group of CAFOD Ambassadors ‘walked a mile’ in the shoes of an indigenous community ejected from their land by a logging company.

VinB trustees and supporters organised a simulation activity for CAFOD Ambassadors at Lee House. The simulation was based on the experience of indigenous communities living in the Amazon who face expulsion from their ancestral homelands by logging companies and land grabbers.

The simulation began with living the daily routines of the community, collecting fire wood, fetching water, making herbal medicine and shelters as well as entering into the ethos of a greater sense of connected-ness with all living beings.

The tranquility of oneness with nature was broken by the arrival of a logging company with documents that laid claim to vast areas of the forest. The felling of trees began as the community was ejected from the land. Imprisonment followed in the cold, dark cellar of the house. From the prison cell the community was marched to a court room where they defended their right to live in the disputed area of the rain forest.

“A truly transformative experience – thank you so much; Thanks for a fantastic experience;Thanks for an eye opening experience; Thank you for such a worthwhile and incredible; experience; Thank you so much for having us and giving us a very thought provoking personal experience; Thank you so much. It has been a heartfelt experience”
Just some of the comments received from the Ambassadors.

 

 

 

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  1. It was a great experience to meet these young people who entered into the event with open spirits and minds. The group encountered rather chilly weather and were very stoical particularly in their attempts to build shelters and rather shocked to experience the lack of empathy during their refugee experience. The way the group bonded together under trying circumstances was a credit to the human spirit; they all felt that the experience would enhance the work they do for CAFOD by adding a tangible reality. Well done to the participants who threw them selves wholeheartedly into the experience.

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