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My experience as a participant during the 2016 MPI Annual Peacebuilding Training has been very rewarding, and it has affirmed that I am truly on the right track of my career as a peacebuilder. The new set of knowledge I have gained from the facilitators and activities are indeed invaluable for my work in promoting nonviolent conflict transformation in Mindanao. Also, I think more than the opportunity to have participated, I am as equally grateful for the opportunity to have served as Secretariat volunteer for four years since 2013. Being part of the support group behind the success of each Annual Peacebuilding Training has developed me personally and professionally. It is amazing how I realized I can actually do things I didn’t know I am capable of, and I owe that realization to my experiences with MPI.
Date of Posting: 13 January 2017
Posted By: Mohaledin Ross “Bobet” Dimaukom
Project Officer, forumZFD, Philippines; 2016 Participant, Secretariat Volunteer 2013-2016, Philippines
Before joining the MPI 2016 Annual Peacebuilding Training, I had already joined several peacebuilding trainings in my country and abroad. But the experience at MPI was different, it gave me a different worldview, new perspective, more insights about conflict transformation and culture in common. It widened my notions and approaches in resolving conflicts and improved my personal attitudes towards conflict, developed my mediation and negotiation skills, and explored art as a means for peacebuilding. Helping people to understand and accept each other is also one of the many benefits from MPI. Also, I have gained valuable knowledge that will help me in both my professional and personal life as well as help me become a more confident person.
Date of Posting: 20 December 2016
Posted By: Fr. Philip Valusa
Deputy Director, Peace and Reconciliation-Guadalcanal Province Peace Office, Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace Government of the Solomon Islands, 2016 Participant, Solomon Islands
As one of the youngest participants at the MPI 2016 Annual Peacebuilding Training, the sharing from participants and the various materials and creative activities widened my insight on these concepts. I met many peacebuilders who in moments of ups and downs still persisted in their work for peace. My biggest gain from the training was the realization that peacebuilding starts within each of us. I believe that inner peace will help us to identify problems clearly and be able to influence other people in following the path to peace. As part of the Senior Committee of Children Forum, the skills and techniques I gained from MPI helped me to encourage my community members about children issues and build my personal attitude towards conflicts.
Date of Posting: 20 December 2016
Posted By: Devy Kusumoningtyas Utami
Member, Interfaith and Inter-Ethnic Peace Foundation (LPLAG), 2016 Participant, Indonesia
I brought home tools, a rich content of exchanges from my classmates and fellow-peacebuilders, and a new attitude as peacebuilder. An important detail that helped me transcend my ego was the learning methods used by MPI. One example is the room sharing arrangement where three strangers (participants) become roommates. This allowed me to focus more on what is positive in the human beings, accept the differences and the contradictions as values in building peace.
Date of Posting: 20 December 2016
Posted By: Jose Marie Mavinga
Coordinator, Center for Management Training and Organizational Development, 2016 Participant, Democratic Republic of Congo,231
In our world where the glut of conflict is superseding the goodness around, organizations like MPI stand tall, readily taking charge of the situation and training peacebuilders to initiate and transmit positive change. The courses offered at the Annual Peacebuilding Training were the right blend of theoretical framework and pragmatic applications that are relevant for peace-workers of all sorts.
Date of Posting: 20 December 2016
Posted By: Sneha Roy
KAICIID fellow; Research Associate of Hindu Council, UK; Country Coordinator for Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN); UNESCO Youth Ambassador for Combating Extremism, UN Youth, Asia Pacific; 2016 Participant, India
It was my first time at MPI’s Annual Peacebuilding Training in 2016. It was a great experience for me. I enjoyed making and meeting new friends from different countries and had a chance to visit a community in the Philippines. I appreciated the chance to deepen my knowledge and share my experience in peacebuilding. The knowledge I gained from the MPI training will be very helpful for my work.
Date of Posting: 20 December 2016
Posted By: Bounchan Khammoungkhoun
Food Project Manager, Mennonite Central Committee. 2016 Participant, Lao PDR
I always thank God for giving me such a wonderful and amazing opportunity to attend the MPI 2016 Annual Peacebuilding Training. The training helped me gain new approaches and concepts relevant to my work as an advocate for peace and justice in Mindanao. It was a three- week training of so many learnings, inspirations, motivations and fun times too. The MPI training helped me to understand the non-violent approaches to conflicts taking place in our beautiful world.
Date of Posting: 20 December 2016
Posted By: Christopher Hamera
Peace, Human Rights and Disaster Response Advocate, Kalinaw Center for Interfaith Resources, United Methodist Church Mission Fellow, 2016 Participant, Malawi
It was a whole new experience of learning at MPI. I had a very enriching experience meeting Peacebuilders from different corners, sharing joy, fun, laughter and even pain; crossing all the barriers of language. I will always cherish and remember those moments in Mergrande Ocean Resort and Balay Mindanao at Cagayon De Oro City. My stay was awesome and the atmosphere was very friendly with all the ever smiling MPI staff/volunteers, facilitators and resource persons. A BIG thank you for all the expertise, help, care and relationships/friendship. May God continue to use MPI and all its Alumni to bring a change in our world- to make it better and better and better... Amen
Date of Posting: 10 June 2016
Posted By: Mukul Vandana Harishchandra
Project Officer, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), India, 2016 Participant, Bhilai, Chhattisgarh State, (Central India)
I am grateful to MPI for inspiring me in my career as a peace and development worker. The training increased my knowledge and experiences in doing peace work in diversified cultural, religious and ethnic settings. To be a true peace worker, go to MPI!
Date of Posting: 01 December 2015
Posted By: Joseph Howard
Executive Director, Center for Justice and Peace Studies. 2015 participant, Monrovia, Liberia
My MPI experience since 2012 to 2015 was indeed an essential part in my career as a young Moro peacebuilder in Mindanao, who actively engages the academe, youth and more importantly, the grassroots communities. MPI not only enhanced my skills and knowledge in peacebuilding and conflict resolution, but the Institute also provided me the space where I met peacebuilders from around the world, and learned from their respective cultures and experiences. I am a teacher by profession, but now I also call myself a PEACE EDUCATOR.
Date of Posting: 25 November 2015
Posted By: Nohman M. Khalil
Peace Community Coordinator/Local Peacebuilding Expert (EFK) GIZ-Civil Peace Service, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Participant, Philippines

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