Invest in Muslim youth volunteering for peace

by Kapamagogopa Incorporated
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Amal (right) with one of the women participants
Amal (right) with one of the women participants

Amal is one of our current volunteers, she hails from Ramain, in the province of Lanao del Sur. One day, she aspires to become a teacher.  Amal has been working with disadvantaged women in one of the poorest areas of the country that has been affected by conflict for many years. As well as developing our volunteers to become leaders, one of our project aims, is for them to inspire others, especially from the grassroots, to work for peace. It is vital for a successful peace process that more women are involved.

Recently, Amal was requested by Jesuit Relief Services, an international Catholic organization, to talk to 35 women from both Christian and Muslim conflict affected communities in Lanao del Norte.Amal's talk was on the 'importance of the role of women in the peace process and community peacebuilding initiatives'. She shared her experiences of growing up with conflict and how she became involved in peacebuilding.  She was able to connect with the women because she has gone through the same difficulties and could communicate with the women in their local language.

Your generosity and support not only makes a difference to the life of Amal, it also gives her the chance to help and inspire others.

Thank you

Saidomar translating for a deaf child
Saidomar translating for a deaf child

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Once again a big thank you to all of you who continue to support our work here in the Southern Philippines.

As a deaf child waits to get his new hearing aid fitted, a KI volunteer interprets the instructions given to him using Filipino Sign Language. This is just one small way that our young volunteers help to bridge the divide between Christians and Muslims in the Philippines. Nasim and Saidomar are placed at Philippine Accessible Deaf Services, an organization based in Cebu city in the Christian dominated central region.

They are learning Filipino Sign Language so that they can communicate with the people they work with, namely the Christian Deaf Community. The two young men live and work with the community, learning about a different culture but also sharing their own culture and beliefs. This helps to break down the prejudices and misinformation that often leads to misunderstandings and intolerance.

Nasim and Saidomar at first found it difficult to immerse themselves in deaf culture but now they are able to communicate better, they are forging friendships that will last a lifetime.

Thank you for reading

Mariam

Nasim fitting a hearing aid to Christian woman
Nasim fitting a hearing aid to Christian woman
Mariam being presented with SOV award
Mariam being presented with SOV award

Dear friends and supporters,

As we begin a new year, I would like to give my warm wishes to you all and a big thank you to all of you who helped our program during in 2015. Your donations contributed to the training and placement of our 10th Batch of Youth Volunteers for Peace. Since beginning their placements in September 2015, the 9 volunteers, consisting of 6 women and 3 men, have already helped to improve the lives of around 1,900 people. Also be aware, that through your donations, you are helping to improve the lives of young people from Mindanao and to reduce some of the factors that are drivers for conflict here in the Southern Philippines.
We are delighted to announce that KI won the "Search for Outstanding Volunteer - Organizational Category", given by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) during the Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) 2015 Awarding Ceremony held last 10 December 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Ortigas Center, Manila.

The SOV is an annual activity that aims to recognize the work and good practices of Filipino volunteers across the nation in building strong communities. Volunteers in several categories were recognized chosen from among 78 contenders from all parts of the country.

Although KI has won several international awards, it is the first time KI's work and its volunteers have been recognized nationally and we are truly honoured by the award. Preceding this, KI also received the award for Regional Qualifier to the 2015 SOV Organization Category. The award is in recognition of KI's exemplary and outstanding contributions in the socio-economic development of the region and for being an instrument of hope and inspiration to the youth through volunteerism.
We are proud to see the work of our volunteers recognized by our nation and you should also feel proud that you donation helped to achieve this.

Thank you for your support

Mariam

Regional award presentation
Regional award presentation
SOV acceptance speech
SOV acceptance speech
Launch of 10th Batch of KI  volunteers
Launch of 10th Batch of KI volunteers

Dear friends and supporters,

In 2014...
9,526 people benefited from the peacebuilding activities of our volunteers in the Philippines

In 2015, with your help, we have been able to train another group of young women and men to become advocates for peace. The nine volunteers, made up of 6 Women and 3 Men, were selected from over 150 applicants last June. They were then given 5 weeks of intensive training in basic peace building and development during July and August.

To mark the beginning of their year-long volunteering experience, a launching ceremony was held on 25th August 2015 at MarRos Cocina, Iligan City. The ceremony was attended by the volunteers' families, KI alumni volunteers, Host Partner organizations, KI Board of Trustees, and other distinguished guests. They are the 10th Batch of KI Muslim Youth Volunteers to work for Peace and Development in Mindanao and Visayas regions of the Philippines.

The volunteers began their placements on 1st September 2015. Examples of the areas of work are: Assisting the deaf community in the Visayas with their advocacies; helping to set up a women's group in the poorest area of Mindanao; assisting in projects empowering Indigenous Peoples living in the hinterlands. We will bring you their stories over the coming year.

Thank you again for your support

Mariam

Hanah (Standing) working with reading facilitators
Hanah (Standing) working with reading facilitators
Jopay facilitating a training for young women
Jopay facilitating a training for young women

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Your donations go towards training and supporting our volunteers in their work. Not only are you empowering young people to improving their own lives, you are also indirectly helping towards improving other lives in Mindanao .
Two of our current volunteers are Nor-Jannah (Norj) and Jonaira (Jopay), they are placed at an NGO called United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD). They have been working on a project that is helping out of school youth in Mindanao to gain livelihood skills. The project in collaboration with government agencies gave skills training and basic literacy using the Alternative Learning System. The youth learned various skills such as Automotive Repair, Bread and Pastry Making, Dressmaking etc
Norj had the huge task managed the database of all the trainees whilst Jopay organized many aspects of the training including coordination with local officials.

As well as increasing the employability, it also assists protecting the youth against stereotyping, extremism and other types of radicalization. These are the same outcomes that we aim for with our volunteering program.

Thank you for your continued support

Mariam

Jopay (blue scarf) with some of youth trainees
Jopay (blue scarf) with some of youth trainees
 

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Kapamagogopa Incorporated

Location: Iligan City, Mindanao - Philippines
Website: http:/​/​www.ki-volunteer.org
Project Leader:
Mariam Barandia
Iligan City, Lanao del Norte Philippines

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