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
Feb 18, 2015

A young woman working for peace

Conducting community consulation on peace process
Conducting community consulation on peace process

Dear supporters,

Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who has recently donated to our project.

This is a difficult time in the Philippines and in other parts of the world. The images and portrayal of Muslims, especially the youth, is often negative and biased. Our project has always aimed to show our young people in a more positive light and that they can affect change through peace and dialogue.

For this report, I would like to tell you about one of our current volunteers, Ms. Naslia "Babylove" Sanggoyod from Malabang, Lanao del Sur. Babylove grew up in a very protective family which meant that her experience of the world around her was limited, however she managed to persuade her parents for permission to apply to KI. She was a successful candidate in the assessment process and with assurances given by KI management, she was able to become a KI volunteer.

Babylove has grasped her opportunity well. She has showed a lot of maturity and dedication to her work, so much so that KI gave her the role of project assistant here in the office.

In the latter part of 2014, Babylove with other KI staff visited rural communities in Lanao del Norte to hold consultations and orientate them with accurate and up to date information of the current situation in the Peace Process. Due to the lack of information and/or misinformation it is imperative that communities are able to fully understand the implications of the new laws currently being discussed by the Government. Babylove was able to discuss matters with the communities in their local language and in terms that they comprehend so that they were able to fully understand the situation.

Since this January, Babylove has been working with women and youth from Lumbatan in a remote area of Lanao del Sur which is the poorest province in the Philippines. In turn, Lumbatan is one of the poorest municipalities in Lanao del Sur. It has suffered greatly due to conflict As part of the normalization process, she is helping them to get organized so that they can work on their own projects to assist their community in terms of livelihood, education and health.

Your donations are not only providing young people like Babylove with an opportunity to show what good can be done you are also helping poor communities to help themselves.

Thank you

Mariam

Babylove (in grey) with the women of Lumbatan
Babylove (in grey) with the women of Lumbatan
Jan 6, 2015

Focusing on the Children

KI volunteers at EVnet
KI volunteers at EVnet

Dear Friends,

First, I would like to thank all of our very generous supporters who have helped our project in 2014 and I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a great 2015.

Last December, The Philippines was again hit by another powerful typhoon, luckily it was not as strong as Haiyan and people were far better prepared. As we begin 2015, our attention remains on the response to the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. The rehabilitation efforts continue to assist in the recovery of the survivors and some projects are focusing on Children. Children are among those worst affected by a disaster, and among the most vulnerable after.

KI volunteers, Al-minah Solaiman and Rohaidah Dimapinggun are working with Eastern Visayas Network of NGO’s and PO’s, Inc. (EVNet) based in Tacloban City. They are assisting with a project on Child-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction Management which is being supported by United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The Project will provide a proper knowledge and increase the awareness of the Haiyan survivors in responding to calamities.
Rohaidah and Al-mina will be the focus persons at EVNet who will ensure the implementation of the project. The volunteers will be involved in conducting seminars, training & workshops related to the project.

 The Eastern Visayas Network of NGOs and POs (EVNet) is composed of thirty (30) organizations operating in the islands of Leyte, Samar and Biliran. EVNet members have been actively engaged in the response to Typhoon Haiyan in Samar and Leyte.

Nov 18, 2014

The Dynamic Dozen go forth

Launch of new volunteers on August 25th
Launch of new volunteers on August 25th

With your invaluable help through your donations, we have been able to produce our 9th Batch of volunteers to work for peace and development in the Southern Philippines. The 12 volunteers, consisting of 8 Women and 4 Men, were selected from over 130 applicants in June. They then underwent 5 weeks of intensive training during July and early August. The 9th Batch, known as ‘IKHLAS,’ took up their placements in Mindanao and Visayas on September 1st, 2014. Volunteer placements are based in Marawi City, Iligan City, Cebu City and Tacloban City. Volunteers in Mindanao are working on projects mainly related to the current Peace Process. Those placed in Visayas are mainly working on projects related to the rehabilitation after Typhoon Haiyan.
For some of our new volunteers, it is their first time to travel away from Mindanao , first time to go on a ship and for most of them, the first time to live and work amongst Christians. The learning curve is steep and the challenges great but we are confident that they have the right aptitude and commitment. We will bring you their stories in the coming year.

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