I was fortunate that I was able to attend the Annual Peacebuilding Training organized by the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute in 2019 in Davao City, Philippines. For me, it was a memorable and pleasant experience.

It is through that training that I was able to learn about theoretical perspectives in peacebuilding, hands-on skills required for peacebuilding, and about a network of supporters and collaborators that are available in this exciting journey. Every resource person added insights and perspectives with true passion and commitment.

Based on the inputs I received, I was able to conduct workshops for students. My senior colleagues and I are also working to establish a Centre for Peace in our Institution.

The dynamic, fast-paced, multi-cultural, and happy environment that you and your team provided is unforgettable and will always be remembered with gratitude. I am thankful to the management of Stella Maris College for inspiring me to explore new horizons. Also, I am grateful for the support provided by the United Board, which made it possible for me to attend the program.
 
Date of Posting: 26 May 2020
Posted By: Krishnamohan Vijayalakshmi
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work – Stella Maris College; 2019 Participant, India
It was a great experience for me to participate in the MPI training 2019. I am still very much inspired by every single participant playing some kind of role in a peacebuilding process around the world. I admire the ones who risk their life as much as the ones who are involved in small activities in their communities. MPI gave us the space and confidence to speak up and freely share our opinion and perception. It made me realize that peacebuilding is a question of attitude and communication we all share irrespective of our background and culture. Thanks to MPI to bring together so many different people around the globe who share that vision and who are ready to contribute to peace.
 
Date of Posting: 11 February 2020
Posted By: Beate Hahn
Program Manager Personnel Services South East Asia & Pacific, Bread for the World – Protestant Agency for Diakonia and Development; 2019 Participant, Germany
MPI really inspired my ministry in the context of my church and community in Indonesia. I have the dream to create a program like MPI in my multicultural and pluralistic society for nurturing peacebuilding in Indonesia. Now, I can concentrate on doing peacebuilding based on an art and cultural approach. We are planning a creative peace village that would be a tourism village to promote peace based on art and culture. MPI’s training gave me the skill to help me to make this dream possible. I also connected to a broader network from this program. Thanks for giving me the chance to be a part of the MPI family.
 
Date of Posting: 11 February 2020
Posted By: Rev. Iwan Firman Widiyanto, M.Th.
Pastor, GKMI Synod; 2019 Participant, Indonesia
I feel so privileged to have had the chance to participate in the MPI Annual Peacebuilding Training of 2019. MPI has the best trainers who bring their life experiences in peacebuilding and relate their experiences to each session they facilitate. This training event also gave me an opportunity to learn and exchange ideas in peacebuilding with different participants from around the world. It was a great learning experience!
 
Date of Posting: 06 February 2020
Posted By: Juliana Yonzon
Program Coordinator, Mennonite Central Committee; 2019 Participant, Nepal
It was a wonderful opportunity for me to participate in MPI 2019. It was great time to spend meeting new people from different countries and backgrounds. I learned a lot from the facilitators who used various methods which make it fun and keep the participants enthusiastic in the class. I liked the atmosphere in the class, discussion and sharing time. This experience kept expanding my horizon on how to engage with people based on the dynamics of religion and culture. I believe my experience attending MPI 2019 for three weeks is useful in my work area since I work with people with different backgrounds and culture. Now I have more confidence to face the work of peace. Thank you MPI!
 
Date of Posting: 06 February 2020
Posted By: Anielle Santoso
2019 Participant, Indonesia
It was a great opportunity for me to participate in MPI’s 2019 Annual Peacebuilding Training, which really reflected its title of Positive Engagements in Peacebuilding. Being in touch with multinational peacebuilders and civil society activists from around the world; sharing experiences of dialogue, learning, laughing, dancing, crying and exchanging our own experiences about our home countries' contexts and attempts to engage in peacebuilding processes positively. All that and more helped me to enrich my experience and widen my knowledge as a peacebuilding facilitator. Furthermore, it has given me brilliant examples of how to be an active citizen.
 
Date of Posting: 03 February 2020
Posted By: Mustafa Ghashim
Project Coordinator/Facilitator, DARB; 2019 Participant, Syria/Turkey
It was a great blessing for me to attend and participate in the MPI 2019 Annual Peacebuilding Training. The experiential and practical learning methods introduced by the MPI facilitators were overwhelmingly outstanding. The new Monitoring and Evaluation course was great. Indeed, many of my doubts have been clarified and resolved with an added value to empower and enhance my intellectual capability to confidently improve my performance and productivity as a peacebuilding practitioner. Meeting and making new friends all over the world was amazing. The friendly smiles of the MPI staff are highly commendable. The social programs were also fantastically brilliant, with the opportunity to learn about new cultures and traditions from other participants. I was transformed and graced by this ideal learning institution. I hope one day I will contribute to MPI with my work on peacebuilding.
 
Date of Posting: 03 February 2020
Posted By: Hegstad Koga
Chief Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Ministry of Traditional Governance, Peace and Ecclesiastical Affairs; 2019 Participant, Solomon Islands
MPI’s Annual Peacebuilding Training was a great opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds. The training did not only raise the concepts for discussions but also drew from the practical experiences of practitioners from around the region so we could learn and apply them in our context. I have enhanced my critical thinking with creativity on the practical techniques of how to engage communities and to reflect on how peacebuilding could be applied to different contexts.
 
Date of Posting: 03 February 2020
Posted By: Chandara Phann
Project Officer, Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst e.V.|Forum Civil Peace Service; 2019 Participant, Cambodia
MPI helped me to be reinserted back into the reality of my own country after being away for years as a missionary. The experience of being at MPI with other peacemakers from all over the world was very inspiring and very powerful. It allowed me to bring my own little contribution in bridging the gap between conflict and peace and hatred and love. The step-by-step process and approach in our conflict context analysis is a very good tool for me to understand and contextualize the meaning of conflict in my own small community and the wider community.
 
Date of Posting: 03 February 2020
Posted By: Ashwena Apao
Missionary Sisters of St. Columban; 2019 Participant, Philippines
MPI was a life-changing experience for me. It was one of the major turning points of my life. It gave me the opportunity to connect with people who are champions in bringing peace in their own simple ways. MPI not only provided me with the chance to build a relationship with both foreign and local individuals, but I was also able to create meaningful friendships with fellow peace advocates. MPI offered a safe breathing space for all peacebuilders around the globe. MPI strengthened not only our knowledge, skills, and capacity as peace workers, but also sharpened our potential, gifts, talents, and abilities, whether it be in the personal, relationship, structural, or cultural aspect and perspective.
 
Date of Posting: 03 February 2020
Posted By: Renato R. Pepito
Training Coordinator & Logistics Officer, Bishops-Ulama Conference Mindanaw Tripartite Youth Core, Inc. (BUC-MTYC); 2013 & 2019 Participant, Philippines

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