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
Oct 7, 2014

Almost one year on and so much still to do

Helping children to recover in Northern Cebu
Helping children to recover in Northern Cebu

It is now nearly a year since Typhoon Haiyan caused massive destruction through the central Philippines. Rebuilding infrastructure and people's lives is now the priority.
With the generous support of Global Giving, we have placed 6 volunteers with organizations working with Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Visayas region. 2 volunteers are working in Tacloban, Leyte Province while the remaining 4 are working in Cebu. After one month's intensive training in Mindanao, the volunteers travelled to the Visayas and began their placements in early September.

Normila Sacar and Maharoden Limug are working at Gualandi Volunteer Service Programme based in Cebu. In the first few weeks of their work in Northern Cebu, they;

• Facilitated a supplemental feeding program and distribution of school supplies for 108 children in Hagnaya
• Assisted in the rehabilitation of classrooms at Central School in San Remigio
• Conducted two weeks of Pyscho-Social activities for children in Barangay Punta

The other volunteers placed are Rohaida Dimapinggun and Al-minah Solaiman, are assigned in Eastern Visayas Network of NGOs (EVNet) in Tacloban; and Rasden Azis and Norhamidah Musa, assigned to Rescue Assistance Peacekeeping Intelligence Details (RAPID) Inc. based in Cebu City.

By supporting this project, not only are helping with the very long road of providing rehabilitation and recovery to survivors, you are helping Filipinos to help one another and raise the Filipino spirit known as "Bayanihan' and help strengthen the bond between communities from different areas and faiths.

Aug 20, 2014

Growing the peace in the Philippines

Peacebuilding can be fun
Peacebuilding can be fun

As the Peace Process continues to make progress, it is vital that everyone, young and old, is able to have a part. What are our volunteers doing to ensure this happens? KI Alumni and current volunteers have been helping with community consultations across the region about the recent peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a leading rebel group fighting for independence. Such consultations are vital to ensure that agreements reached at the political level are sustainable and supported within the communities affected by violence.
Our current volunteers, from Batch Hayat, organized a day for youth awareness at a high school in Marawi City. 257 students attended the event, held in July with the theme "Education and Advocacy for youth in the Philippines". They spent the day learning and talking about the current situation in the Peace Process.
Young people represent a critical constituency for ensuring a successful peace process. Its so important that youth become an integral part of local and national governance in order to strengthen their commitment to and understanding of the issues of peacebuilding and conflict resolution.

Your contributions make this all possible

Active participation
Active participation
Batch Hayat and Alumni volunteers
Batch Hayat and Alumni volunteers
Youth empowering youth
Youth empowering youth
May 22, 2014

Lord Jack McConnell visits Kapamagogopa

Lord Jack with Mariam, Ganie and Hafsa
Lord Jack with Mariam, Ganie and Hafsa

In March of this year, KI met with Rt Hon Lord McConnell. Lord Jack was First Minister of Scotland 2001-2007 and UK Special Representative for Peacebuilding 2008-2010. He wrote a blog about KI and our work and we reproduce it here.

Bridging the divide in the Philippines
Posted by Lord Jack McConnell on 17 March 2014

Judging the global competition for local peacebuilders organised by Peace Direct in 2013 was a difficult task. The judges were to choose four projects from the dozens of nominations from every continent, and to choose those that were making a real impact, were innovative and were likely to be a good example to others. We agonised over the choices we eventually made, disagreeing in ways that you might expect, based on our different perceptions and experiences. But there was one winning project that deeply inspired me. And last month I had the chance to meet up with Kapamagogopa.
Kapamagogopa Inc (KI for short) is based in Mindanao, a huge island in the southern Philippines where conflict has claimed lives and inhibited development for decades. There conflict has at times been very violent, at other times simply persistent. But such conflict has implications way beyond the violence that seeps into the consciousness of Muslims and Christians locally, exaggerating their fears and tensions.
In 2005 Mariam Barandia, a civil engineer, took the first steps to establish a volunteering organisation for Muslim youth. The result is KI, which places Muslim youth volunteers in Christian organisations. At first both communities were reluctant – maybe fearful – to welcome this, but over time new understanding has overtaken fear, and friendships made across the religious and cultural divide have lasted.
In 12 years, KI has supported 86 volunteers, each of whom today is part of COMVOL, an alumni association that supports new volunteers and continues their work to build understanding and peaceful co-existence. Mariam is still their leader, and she clearly inspires the young people she has supported.
I met Mariam with two of her volunteers in Manila last month. I had just spent a week volunteering with VSO and Beyond 2015, a coalition of campaign groups from across the Philippines. Almost everyone I had worked with was a Catholic in this most Catholic of Asian nations, but everyone I asked had heard of KI and were inspired by their work. And they worked hard to ensure that I could meet the amazing Mariam and some KI alumni.
Hafsa Madid was a volunteer in KI’s first year, and today she works in Manila in Human Resources for the World Food Programme. She explained to me the particular challenges for a young woman to take this step. Her calm confidence and determination left me sure she would make a huge difference somewhere during her life. She is active in building the network of KI alumni.
Ganie Amlain was a volunteer in year five. He comes from the area at the heart of the conflict, and his teenage years may have developed very differently if he had not joined KI. He faced hostility when he volunteered with Kapamagogopa, but his eyes shine when he talks about the experience and he has no regrets. Today he works in the community with young people, and supports more volunteers to take the steps he did.
The parties to the conflict in Mindanao have just signed their most significant peace agreement yet. UK experience in Northern Ireland has helped, behind the scenes, to convince them to give peace its best chance. But there are many hurdles still to cross.
The Filipino parliament must now deliver the Government’s side of the deal and establish autonomous devolved government across the country. Then peaceful elections can elect a representative assembly. The people and elected representatives of Mindanao will need young ambitious men and women who can help them build a permanent peace and deliver the development that will be the peace dividend. The alumni of Kapamagogopa will, I am sure, be among those first in line: and they will be better prepared than most to secure a peaceful future for their communities.
Rt Hon Lord Jack McConnell was UK Special Representative for Peacebuilding 2008-2010

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