|Tahim and Rahim behind a dancer from the Kaliwat Performing Artists Collective during the "parade of nations" entrance.
For two young peacebuilders from Afghanistan, attending the 15th Annual Peacebuilding Training was a life-changing and amazing experience that has created beautiful ripples in both their lives. From May 11 to 30, 2014, Rahim and Tamim participated in a peacebuilding training organized annually by the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute, through the sponsorship of the International Assistance Mission (IAM). The training was held in Davao City, Philippines.
Though still both in their early 20s, they have already exhibited an awareness and commitment to contribute and bring positive change to their respective provinces and country. Rahim Hamgom is the English and Computer Facilitator of IAM in the province of Badakhshan, working closely with the education sector in the area; while Tamim Ebrahimi is the Assistant Program Manager of the Peacebuilding Project of the same organization based in Kabul.
They shared that they not only learned varied peacebuilding teaching tools and methods—which are certainly valuable and helpful to their respective work—but also the meaningful connection with friends and fellow peacebuilders from around the world and the opportunity to live in a community of people coming from different faiths and background. Several months after the completion of the training, they have now started applying much of what they acquired from MPI.