Earlier this year, on June 27, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) turned in 7,000 firearms to the United Nations as they concluded their disarmament and ended a war that lasted five decades, took 220,000 lives, and left 8.4 million people the victims of its violence.

Contrary to what I expected, the day came and went without much fanfare. Many people interviewed by local media didn’t even know the disarmament took place.

That morning, Ricardo Amaya, chief of party for ACDI/VOCA’s Program of Alliances for Reconciliation (PAR) in Colombia, said:

“Today is a historic day, but don’t forget that out in the field, ACDI/VOCA is achieving milestones everyday toward reconciliation. We must celebrate these small victories.”

I took his words to heart, as I started to see project developments and positive encounters with communities as small, yet concrete steps on the bumpy road to reconciliation.