ABOUT 14 people from Tuvaruhu Parish in Centra Honiara and St Michael in Tandai ward, Guadalcanal have successfully ended a Training of Trainers (TOT) last week.
The training workshop was conducted by a local non-government organisation (NGO) called Solomon Islands Peace and Trauma Counselling Centre (SIPTCC).
Rector of Tuvaruhu Parish Diocese of Central Melanesia Honiara Fr Selwyn Saenioki thanked SIPTCC for conducting the training.
“This is our first time for Tuvaruhu Anglican church community especially to undergo such kind of trauma counselling and to heal the wounds from trauma, Mr Saenioki added.
He added if the nation want to achieve reconciliation and peace, nothing is too hard to achieve true peace; “because we had already resources of many international NGOs and local NGOs in the country and government of Solomon Islands is ready to do that and I see no problem in doing that.
“But what had been happening after the past ethnic tension, it takes us now 16 years. May be the country needs to take stock of the strategies we use in working for peace.
“What I meant is the country need to search among all the stake holders working for peace in the country so that we can achieve peace in the country, we cannot just depend on millions of dollars. The country need true reconciliation,” Mr Saenioki said.
He added, by having peace investors can invest in the country and people can have more jobs.
“Some of our local NGOs own by local people have good strategies in working for peace in the country, based on Churches perspective of peace the word of God for peace and you can assisted and encourage them to the job so that we can achieve our true peace.
“If you still use all the same drivers we cannot reach our destiny to achieve our reconciliation for peace. We cannot continue on using the same strategies we have to find out right strategies to help move us to reach the goal that we are heading towards. Solomon Islands we already have potential strategies but we need the right approaches that touch the heart of our people so that we can reach our reconciliation,” he said.
SIPTCC Solomon Islands director Ishmael Idu said its not hard to find true peace because its in the Holy Bible,
“Yet we don’t want to use it to solve problem that is why it takes us this far.
By LESLEY SANGA