Fahad Ali first encountered KI at the 2009 Interfaith Youth Summer Peace Camp. He then became an active member of the Board of Lanao Youth for Peace and Development in Mindanao (LYPAD-Min), a youth organization promoting interfaith dialogue across the two Lanao provinces formed as a result of the Peace Camp.
In 2010, Fahad successfully applied to be one of the 6th Batch of KI volunteer and was placed in Kalimudan Foundation Inc (KFI). He volunteered with KI because he was eager to experience community works, explore new things and make new friends since according to him, his way of living in Marawi City was isolated.
He was assigned as a Program Support Staff of KFI. In the first few months of his placement, he has been an event’s organizer, a facilitator, a documentor and hygiene promoter. He has also been able to utilize his Agricultural Engineering degree since one of his roles is to assist in KFI’s agricultural programs e.g. designing green houses for their sustainable resource management project, Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT) training for the communities, micro finance project, and tree planting.
Fahad remarked that he felt fulfillment for being involved in the activities of the organization because he was able to share his knowledge and skills to the community especially to other youth. He’s also very happy that he was able to help the people in the community to become aware and concerned on their environment and children learned to do proper hygiene. Through volunteering, he was also able to broaden his horizon and learned not to judge people by their position and practices in life instead, we have to understand their culture and history.
He is very motivated to do volunteering works especially for peace and development because according to him “as a young Muslim, there is a need for me to volunteer, be the voice, and be a good example to Muslim youth. We have to be concerned and vigilant of what is happening on our society. Let us be part of the solution and not a problem in our society."
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