My participation in the Annual Peacebuilding Training at MPI has greatly altered how I look at my role within the Armed Forces of the Philippines Peace Process Office (AFPPPO) and the peace efforts of the military. The experiences I had during the training had a huge impact to my personal life as well. I came to realize that peacebuilding is not just a job but a personal commitment to contribute to building peaceful communities within our own capacities.
 
Date of Posting: 20 October 2014
Posted By: Maria Esperanza Carmen M. Liamco
Information Officer II, Armed Forces of the Philippines Peace Process Office (AFPPPO), 2014 Participant, Philippines
I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of the MPI 2014 Annual Peacebuilding Training which was both a wonderful and valuable experience. I was able to engage with various stakeholders coming from different parts of the world.
 
Date of Posting: 16 October 2014
Posted By: Irshad Ahmad Ansari
Capacity Building Officer, UNDP Nepal, 2014 Participant, Nepal
MPI is the source of inspiration for starting such peace building institute in Nagaland. Keep it up. Long live MPI.
 
Date of Posting: 15 October 2014
Posted By: Fr. C.P. Anto
Founder Director of Peace Channel and Principal of the NEISSR Post-Graduate Institution for Peace and Conflict Studies, 2008 Participant, India
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I truly appreciate MPI’s thoughts and efforts in making this world a peaceful and livable place through its Annual Training Program. The learning and experiences I gained from the training has been very valuable as my organization along with others is continuously working to bring awareness and harmony, and address pressing issues that we hope could contribute to bringing peace to our country.
 
Date of Posting: 15 October 2014
Posted By: Fahmida Saleem
Project Manager, Christian Study Centre, 2014 Participant, Pakistan
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The Annual Training at MPI provided a good opportunity for peacebuilders from all over the world to meet, communicate, share and encourage each other to build harmonious and peaceful relationships. The training not only gave me relevant and useful knowledge and skills in peacebuilding, but also strengthened my heart as a peacebuilder, preparing me for the task at hand and that of peacebuilding works in the future.
 
Date of Posting: 14 October 2014
Posted By: Cherry Qin Nan
Project Manager, Peace in China, 2014 Participant, China
I have learnt so much during my three-weeks training at MPI and I felt blessed to have been with the resource persons, my fellow participants and the secretariat team. I know that this learning will definitely help me in designing and implementing workshops for church leaders, women and youth, in different places in India.
 
Date of Posting: 13 October 2014
Posted By: Madhukant Masih
Executive Director, Mennonite Christian Service Fellowship of India (MCSFI), 2014 Participant, India
Working as a volunteer for the MPI 2014 Secretariat was a pleasure and a time well spent. The experience was another avenue for me to learn, and I learned things beyond what I expected. Hearing the diversity of stories and experiences from participants, alumni, facilitators, and my fellow volunteers, was indeed life changing! I would gladly do it again.
 
Date of Posting: 13 October 2014
Posted By: Sharon Bulaclac
History Instructor Mindanao State University – Marawi Main Campus, 2014 Volunteer, Philippines
My experiences with MPI, previously as a participant and a volunteer, had greatly impacted my life, changed it even. MPI has played a pivotal role in my transformation and growth as a peace practitioner and in my resolve to build a career in peace and conflict transformation. Now, as one of the Institute’s facilitators, I always look forward to the annual training as my way of recharging my peacebuilding batteries. MPI has this environment where people can safely share their stories and learn from and be inspired by each other.
 
Date of Posting: 13 October 2014
Posted By: Michael Frank A. Alar
Project Manager, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, MPI Facilitator, Philippines
I have been a facilitator at the Annual Training of the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) since 2002 and have seen it continually re-invent itself to address the contexts of conflict that participants experience from across Asia and the Pacific. The training teaches skills that strengthen relationships so that violence is reduced. In its fifteen years of multicultural operations, MPI has excelled at bringing people together with the end result of enhancing human dignity and peace.
 
Date of Posting: 13 October 2014
Posted By: Jonathan E. Rudy
Peacemaker in Residence, Elizabethtown College Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking (CGUP), MPI Facilitator, United States of America
I always thought that peace and the issues surrounding it are works meant for the government. But my time with MPI proved to me that each of us could be a worker for peace. The safe space created during the training that allowed for openness, diversity of stories and sharing of experiences inspired me to think that peace is a reality that is not impossible to achieve. It ignites in me a passion and eagerness to seek whatever opportunity may present itself and be a peace maker (and keeper) in my own country.
 
Date of Posting: 13 October 2014
Posted By: Deng Fang
Office Assistant, Mennonite Central Committee Northeast Asia, 2014 Participant, China

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