On Saturday, November 29, a number of Development and Peace members and supporters gathered to share a desayuno solidario in Quebec City. This solidarity breakfast was organized by Development and Peace, in participation with the Comité de Solidarité de Trois-Rivières, the Centro de Promoción y Salud Integral (CEPROSI), the Consulate of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in Quebec City and the Association Québec-Bolivie (Québec-Bolivia Association). The goal of the event was to bring together people concerned with sharing and solidarity and to promote collaboration between Development and Peace and CEPROSI, one of its partners in the Global South.
The talk began with Marie Eugenia Jimenez and Omayra Miranda Chavarria, a social worker and a general practitioner with CEPROSI, respectively, who informed us on the organization’s objectives and their different action strategies. It was certainly the right moment to delve into their story concerning the nature of their work in La Paz, because in a few months I will be by their side on a daily basis, along with seven other interns. During the talk, the 46 participants discovered that these women work passionately to promote equal participation of women, notably through popular education.
Then the Consul of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in Quebec City, Jaime Siles Otazo, spoke to us about the situation in the country. One must understand the history and culture of a people before going to their country; therefore we all really appreciated his speech. Later during the breakfast, Hortensia Siles, President of the Association Québec-Bolivie (Québec-Bolivia Association), emphasized the importance of exchanges between partners from countries of the Global North and the Global South in a society that promotes solidarity. I also noted the richness of the exchanges when several generations meet. In the room, there were members and supporters of all ages and from various cultures.
Last but not least, this meeting allowed me to speak with former interns from the Trois-Rivières Solidarity Committee, who did a QWB internship in Bolivia during the summer of 2014. They collaborated with CEPROSI on projects to raise awareness among women concerning the issue of domestic violence. With my fellow interns, we will mostly be working on issues related to food, but I still took advantage of this opportunity to ask these former interns my questions.
Many discussions took place that morning, and I was able to draw on the support of members of Development and Peace for our internship, scheduled for June 2015. Our group will keep you in the loop while we are in La Paz during summer 2015!
From left to right: Dominique (QSF intern at CEPROSI in 2014 with the Comité de Solidarité de Trois-Rivières), Hortensia Siles (President of the Association Québec-Bolivie (Québec-Bolivia Association), Jean-Sébastien (QSF intern at CEPROSI in 2014 with the Comité de Solidarité de Trois-Rivières), Omayra Miranda Chavarria (physician at CEPROSI), Kristine Ford (QSF internship leader) at CEPROSI for the summer of 2015 with Development and Peace), Maria Eugenia Jimenez (social worker at CEPROSI), Jaime Siles Otazo (Consul of the Plurinational State of Bolivia), Valérie Hervieux (QSF intern at CEPROSI during the summer of 2015 with Development and Peace)