Overcoming differences and building trust among people from different ethnicities and religions, focusing on young people.
Integrating trustbuilding principles into the work of Initiatives of Change (IofC) Indonesia for interreligious and intercultural dialogue towards healing and reconciliation.
Indonesia is facing a wave of intolerance and divides among religions, ethnicities, and social economies. Amongst these waves, there is violent extremism that threatens young men and women. This exposure happens at home and inside formal institutions. Despite these threats, Indonesian democracy has made impressive progress, which makes it a good moment to put extra energy and time into working with young people to strengthen the mission of living in unity in diversity and harmony.
The initial focus for the trustbuilding project is on the areas where Initiatives of Change (IofC) Indonesia has previously organized trustuilding activities in Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Jayapura and Makassar. All participants of these camps are invited to join training to become trustbuilders. The team has worked extensively with Christians and Muslims in the past, and actively involves people of different faiths as well.
Mobilizing youth interfaith communities in advocating trustbuilding efforts, producing learning contents such as Trustbuilding Manual books, board games and other creative learning content to promote peace and social cohesion in the areas of ethical leadership, trustbuilding and sustainable living.
Indonesia Project Team
Huda is the national coordinator of the trustbuilding project in Indonesia and is as well the Project Manager. He currently works for Peace Generation Indonesia as a trainer and actively engages with young people for Countering/Preventing Violent Extremism (C/PVE) across Indonesia. With IofC, Huda was part of the Asia Pacific coordination group and lead the Life Matters Course in the Asia Pacific Region.
Ahmad Shalahuddin Mansur
Ahmad is the Program Officer, and also is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Theology at Duta Wacana Christian University, Yogyakarta. He has been working as a facilitator for the Young Interfaith Peacemaker Community (YIPC) in Yogyakarta since 2014. He is well-experienced in assisting the victims of the abusive acts towards freedom of religions and beliefs through the National Alliance of Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (ANBTI) in Yogyakarta. These experiences underline his passion for joining the trustbuilding project.
Rinni takes care of Monitoring & Evaluation. She is a preschool teacher who completed her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Educational Psychology. Her interest in reconciliation issues became clear when she joined the IofC School of Reconciliation in 2016. She is also actively engaged in working with youth on the topic of mental health issues in church’s youth group.
Yofrina Octika Gultom
Yofrina is the team’s Communications Officer. She is a lecturer in communication, and the author of ‘The journey of a millennial teacher’. Her first encounter with IofC was when she attended the 8th Youth Leadership Camp. She is also a member of the communications team for the Initiatives of Change Indonesia & Asia Pacific Coordination Group (APCG).
Sri Vina Oktaviana
Sri Vina takes on the responsibilities of Finance Officer. She became very inspired to be working in trustbuilding through her two years of experience at PeaceGeneration Indonesia. Her expertise of preparing financial reports has been put to use for various programs before. Currently, she is pursuing her Master's in Economics at Padjadjaran University, Bandung.
Ferry is a trainer, and runs a small enterprise in organic food. He is also on a committee of Mental Health Rehabilitation. He is the co-founder of Searah, who calls people of faith to work together in transforming society. Since 2012, he has been active in trustbuilding by connecting the Adventist church with Muslims, and in 2015 he became the co-founder of the Young Muslim and Adventist Trustbuilding.
Neas facilitates for the trustbuilding project. He is dedicated to improve the educational system in the remote areas of Papua. He has been part of Initiatives of Change Indonesia since 2016, and participated in several IofC programs in different countries. He is also the founder of Yayasan Hano Wene Indonesia.
Nenden Vinna Mutiara Ulfa
Nenden is a very professional and dedicated trustbuilder. She works for PT. Media Damai Indonesia, for whom she produces creative contents and works as CEO. She is passionate about advocating the values of peace, anti-terrorism and radicalism and spreading the spirit of tolerance. She has been 10 years with Peace Generation and 7 year with IofC.
Oji works as a facilitator and also at the Islamic Boarding School for teachers, on the International Affairs Program. He is one of the first alumni of the 1000 Abrahamic Circle Project (an interfaith journey), where people and clergy of different faiths joined. He is motivated to facilitate interfaith dialogues, as he believes in its power.