Kapamagogopa Incorporated

Mission: A Muslim organization that works with partner organizations for the attainment of peaceful, self-reliant, multicultural and well developed communities through advocacy and volunteering. Organizational goals: Foster a better understanding and mutual respect between and amongst various cultures and faiths Mobilize skilled Muslims to promote effectively volunteering for peace and development in service of Muslim and non-Muslim communities
Aug 6, 2012

Project Update August 2012

Working in the community
Working in the community

Dear friends and supporters,

Our 10 current volunteers are now halfway through their placements.  This is the story of one of them

Ms Rohania Bazar is 22 years old and comes from remote town of Magsaysay which has, over the years, suffered from many armed conflicts. Her placement is with BirthDev Inc. a Christian led NGO that offers psycho-social support to victims of conflict and disaster. This is what  Rohania  had to say about her first few months as a KI volunteers

“It was a big challenge for me working with the Christian community. When I first did my community visits and facilitation, I encountered that most of the participants were not paying attention to me because they saw that I am wearing veil. Due to our cultural differences and concepts, they thought that I was there for a mission to promote Muslim Secessionism. They did not listen to me when I facilitated them. But being a volunteer, it needs deeper understanding, sense of humour and diligence towards individual works. Be more patient and be dedicated to one’s works are qualities that volunteers should have.  Over time, a common understanding and respecting one another were being shown during the activities. After several visits and conducting several activities in the respective communities, it became more fruitful and had productive results. People in the communities find me good and nice; and that, one of my participants shared what were their impressions on me on my first day of visits to them. I was surprised when someone said that “being amiable and approachable” is one of my characteristics that I had. I was full of contentment and satisfaction when you see on their faces how they were happy upon being with them and when you are untiringly and willingly supporting them. And that, I can say how lucky I am to be part of their lives  - to touch their lives for a positive change.’

 

Thank you for helping to support young people like Rohania

With Co-workers and community children
With Co-workers and community children
May 17, 2012

10 new KI volunteers

New Volunteers with family at Launch Ceremony
New Volunteers with family at Launch Ceremony

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thanks to you

With your help, KI has been able to recruit 10 young Muslim volunteers who are now busy working in the community with their respective Host Partner organizations. The volunteers, consisting of 7 Women and 3 Men, were selected from over 70 applicants in January this year. They then underwent 5 weeks of intensive training during February and March. To mark the beginning of their volunteering experience, a launching ceremony was held in Iligan City on March 14. The event was attended by family members of the volunteers, KI alumni volunteers, Host Partner organizations, KI Board of Trustees, and distinguished guests. The guests of honor were Ms Ria Go-Tian,  Project Officer, SGIDU program of the Australian Embassy, Manila  and Ms Laura Engel, Civil Peace Service Adviser, GIZ (German Development Service)

What is happening now?

Our volunteers are now sharing their skills and helping deprived communities across Mindanao. The areas of work include:  Psycho-Social help for victims of Typhoon “Sendong’ and armed conflict; managing a Sustainable Livelihood program; improving Muslim-Christian relations through reconciliation; Micro-finance and organizing communities in conflict affected areas.

You can find more about our volunteers on our website. We will profile the volunteers and their achievements in our reports over the coming months.

Volunteer training
Volunteer training
Volunteer training
Volunteer training
Giving Psycho-Social Support to Typhoon Victims
Giving Psycho-Social Support to Typhoon Victims
Feb 21, 2012

Coping with disaster

The devastation caused by flashflooding
The devastation caused by flashflooding

On the night of 16th December 2011, Northern Mindanao was struck by Typhoon Sendong (International name Washi)  killing 1,472 people and injuring 1,748. There are also over 1,000 still missing.  Iligan City where KI is based, was hit by devastating flash floods which resulted in the deaths of at least 695 people and the destruction  of over 5,000 properties and 15,000 more damaged.

 KI staff and volunteers immediately began helping with the relief effort. This included packing and distributing relief goods and offering counselling to victims. Many more of our former volunteers are now working with the International Aid Agencies now present to assist in the humanitarian relief effort to the thousands of victims.

 The office of KI was also flooded with 7 feet of water resulting in the loss of most of our equipments and vital paperwork. Luckily, some items were able to be rescued by members of staff. Former KI volunteers, some coming from other parts of the country, gave up their vacation time to help clean up the office and then take part in the ongoing relief effort.

 KI has now resumed normal operations but as we write, there are still many thousands in evacuation centers and still many bodies unrecovered.

 On a happier note. KI has now recruited 10 new volunteers (7 Women and 3 Men) that will form our 7th batch. We had over 70 applicants and through our selection these were whittled down to 24 who underwent an assessment day at the KI Office during late January

 These volunteers are currently undergoing their one training which is due to finish at the end of February. They will then commence their placements around the middle of March. Once again, without YOUR vital support our program would not be able to run this year. So thank you.

Iligan City After Typhoon Sending
Iligan City After Typhoon Sending
The KI Office after the flooding
The KI Office after the flooding
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