I see MPI as one of God’s refuges for peacebuilding initiatives in the world. I personally believe that MPI is a role model for the world in conducting annual peacebuilding trainings. During my participation both at the 2014 and 2015 annual training, I was blessed to be able to meet and interact with a diverse group of people who are truly peacebuilders and peacemakers. As someone who is a victim of conflict, my personal fractured life was silently transformed during these times and I am thankful for such a miracle process. MPI has instilled more knowledge and widened my scope and these have impacted my life and my work. Now, I am more resourceful and more confident to share the knowledge I have with other stakeholders like church people, traditional leaders, women, youth and other private organizations who aspire to become peacebuilders in the Solomon Islands.
 
Date of Posting: 25 November 2015
Posted By: Reuben Laiti Lilo
Director of Peace and Reconciliation Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace, 2015 and 2014 Participant, Solomon Islands
http://www.mnurp.gov.sb/
I am truly grateful for the experience and relationships built through my participation at the MPI Annual Peacebuilding Training. The knowledge and skills I learned was an opportunity for growth and it has enriched me as a person and as a practitioner for Student Services. I continue to assist in program development (in our College) particularly in applying my learning in Restorative Justice and practices in the area of student discipline. Further, I commit to give my share in promoting peace and witnessing peace in my life.
 
Date of Posting: 25 November 2015
Posted By: Norie M. Ador Dionisio
Dean, Department of Student Life De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, 2015 Participant, Philippines
http://www.benilde.edu.ph/
My time at MPI was a wonderful experience for me. It was a time for learning more about the work of a peacemaker, a time to meet participants from different countries and contexts, and a time for myself. The training helped me a lot in my job. I’m thankful to MPI for this special moment.
 
Date of Posting: 20 November 2015
Posted By: Bibiche R. Kankolongo
National General Secretary Young Women’s Christian Association of the Democratic Republic of Congo (YWCA-DRC), 2015 Participant, Democratic Republic of the Congo
It was such a blessed and eye-opening experience for me to attend the annual peacebuilding training at MPI that I returned a second time. Needless to say, I learned a lot! In Bangladesh, I am involved in promoting local peacebuilders at the community level and I am trying to apply everything I have learned. All my inspiration, knowledge and strength that I have in carrying out this job can be traced back to MPI. I salute MPI for molding and nurturing peacebuilders around the globe, who are continuing to bring peace and justice into this world.
 
Date of Posting: 19 November 2015
Posted By: Shagota Chisim
Capacity Development Manager, World Renew-Bangladesh/India, 2014 and 2015 Participant, Bangladesh
http://www.worldrenew.net/bangladesh
How can I forget MPI and my experience of the annual training where I have gained precious moments of learning and where I have met and interacted with such diverse facilitators and participants, not to mention the resources from the participants and the Institute.The learning from my two weeks at MPI has encouraged me to apply what little I have and put it into practice.
 
Date of Posting: 19 November 2015
Posted By: Imran Munir
Program Officer, Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), 2015 Participant, Pakistan
https://www.kirkensnodhjelp.no/en/where-we-work/pakistan/
After my time at MPI, I have taken up peacebuilding with the wider society. With every opportunity, I have spoken about peace and tried to resolve conflict in the ways I know how. MPI has given me a new narrative of how to tell and teach our History Course using not the language of war but the language of peace. Peacebuilding is now ingrained in all my lectures and reflective of my life mission. I am proud to be an alumna of MPI.
 
Date of Posting: 17 November 2015
Posted By: Dr. Jenee Peter
Assistant Professor, Union Christian College, 2015 Participant, India
http://uccollege.edu.in/
I am grateful to MPI, and now have the confidence to call myself a student of the Peace Studies Department, at Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa'e (UNTL). With the trust I gained from my Professor, Antero B. da Silva, Ph.D, I helped develop the module for Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies. In doing so, I included some of the important elements I learned in the Introduction to Conflict Transformation and Conflict Sensitive Economic Governance classes.
 
Date of Posting: 24 July 2015
Posted By: Ms. Elsa Joaquina Araujo Pinto
Coordinator for Training and Publication Unit, Institute for Peace, Conflict and Social Studies, Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa'e (UNTL), 2015 Participant, Timor-Leste
http://untl-timorleste.blogspot.com/
I have started sharing my beautiful experience of the MPI 2015 Annual Peacebuilding Training with my organization as well as with students, other NGOs and the Media people. Recently, three of our local media published our article on the importance of peace training, particularly Trauma Healing. I plan to do more programs/activities for school children in our areas. I am really grateful to MPI and its team members.
 
Date of Posting: 15 July 2015
Posted By: Mr. Tarun Kumar Maiti
Project Coordinator, West Bengal Voluntary Health Association, 2015 Participant, India
I am really thankful for the chance to be with the MPI family. It became my treasure. I learned a lot of things that are now helping me in my ministry. I am proud to have become part of MPI.
 
Date of Posting: 15 July 2015
Posted By: Sr. Gabriela Maria Naben
Campus Ministry Secretary, Soegijapranata Catholic University, 2015 Participant, Indonesia
My memory of Davao City and the MPI training is still alive in me. The learning I received from the MPI training has made a great impact here in Solomon Islands both on the secular society and also within the church.
 
Date of Posting: 29 April 2015
Posted By: Rev. Mark Graham
Secretary, Anglican Church of Melanesia Commission on Justice, Reconciliation and Peace, 2013 Participant, Solomon Islands
http://www.acom.org.sb/provincial-news/commissions-boards-and-councils/commission-of-justice-peace-and-reconciliation

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