The project mobilizes young Muslims to be a volunteer for peace, enabling them, especially women, to participate in the peace process and decision making, and encouraging them to become future leaders
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Focuses on the underdeveloped southern Philippines, which suffers from the 500 year old conflict between Christians and Muslims. The Government of the Philippines has been fighting protracted wars with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Abu Sayyaf in parts of Mindanao. These conditions are a breeding ground for ethno-religious radicalism and conflict. Volunteers serve as role models to other Muslims as peace builders and increase awareness of the peace building role of Muslim youth.
How will this project solve this problem?
We recruit and train young Muslims from tribes across Mindanao. After a rigorous selection process, the successful candidates receive 6 weeks development training. They are placed for 1 year in partner organizations working for peace and development.
Potential Long Term Impact
The project will train 30 volunteers breaking the stereotype of Muslims who are only seen as recipients and giving them the chance to work in multi-cultural societies. Through their placements they will help with delivering services to 150,000 people
Total Funding Received to Date: $10,000
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $20,000
Total Funding Goal: $30,000