|Nitha addressing a community meeting organized by the Ministry of Social Solidarity in Dili.|
In 2010, Joanita Silvira da Costa, or Nitha, as she prefers to be called, joined over one hundred other participants during the Annual Peacebuilding Training of the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) that was held in Davao City, Philippines. The Annual Peacebuilding Training is a three-week intensive series of courses offered every year by MPI that aims to develop the capacity of individuals and their institutions in the field of peacebuilding. The courses explore the latest and most pressing issues on matters of peace, justice, and conflict.
Six years later, in 2016, Nitha generously shared her story and her journey as a peacebuilder in post-conflict Timor-Leste.