Invest in Muslim youth volunteering for peace

by Kapamagogopa Incorporated
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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
Participants at the recruitment roadshow
Participants at the recruitment roadshow

Dear friends and supporters,

Thank you for all the generous donations we have received in the past months. Some of the donations given go towards recruiting our new volunteers. I would like to tell you how we do this.
How do young people in Mindanao get to find out about our program? Apart from through social media and the grapevine, every summer KI holds a roadshow so that young people can find out what it means to become a peace builder and a KI volunteer. So last April 21 2015, KI staff travelled to Cotobato City to conduct an orientation, we were amazed by the response with 157 participants (104F, 53M) who came from all over South-Western Mindanao
Despite the extreme humidity that suppressed the room, not a single participant attempted to leave such was their interest in our program. The orientation lasted for more than 3 hours which also included an open forum facilitated by Hasna, a KI Alumni volunteer, who is now working with a local women's organization in Cotabato City. The event would not have been possible without the help of the Alumni volunteers who did most of the organizing and publicizing. Many of our former volunteers stay engaged with peacebuilding and development long after they have finished their placements.
The numbers of participants who attended the orientation shows that, amidst all crises that Mindanao and its people are experiencing, the youth are not sleeping. The youth are not only aware of what is happening, they want to be part of something that will change the fate of Mindanaowans. They just need to have a space and a right avenue where they can express themselves in helping to bring peace in Mindanao. This is exactly the goal of KI to give an opportunity for young Muslim youth to foster a better understanding among diverse culture and faiths.

Your contributions are invaluable in helping us to achieve our dream of peace.

Thank you

Mariam

 

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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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