I would like to praise the Romanian Peace Action, Training and Research Institute PATRIR in Cluj.
Every time I have met members of the PATRIR Team at conferences in New Delhi, Rome, Dublin, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Berlin, Bratislawa, Lyon and Bonn or have communicated with them via email - in the training context of Nonviolent Peaceforce - I was touched by their engagement, competence, team spirit and vision. This does not only concern Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen, the inspiring director, but "ordinary" women and men from many different countries working for or with PATRIR.
It was a special quality of highly sensitive and creative peace work, which influenced all the meetings and characterized the later email exchange. I really liked to cooperate with them.
In respect to the results and perspectives achieved in the conferences, PATRIR reps / team members often took the lead and were able to contribute constructively.
Often it seemed to me as if the place of their center in Eastern Europe (Cluj-Napoca), the worldwide activities on different levels, the internationality of the team and the richness of openminded personalities are the most important elements of PATRIRs work and successes.
I am thankful having been in contact with them since 2002, and I look forward with joy for inspiring future cooperation.
former Managing Director of Hamburg State Post University Teachers' Training (Staatliches Studienseminar) / 10 years responsible for training curriculum and training of the first German Peace Consultants in the framework of Civil Peace Service / engaged with Nonviolent Peaceforce and European Network of Civil Peace Services (EN.CPS), Quaker