The MPI 2012 Peacebuilding Training was an important step in my career as a young peace scholar making decisions about graduate education. The impact on my immediate work was to give me more insight during meetings with my colleagues in Palestine. The impact on my career will be much longer. The Arts Approaches to Community Peacebuilding course helped me realize that I want to continue studying these approaches but, more importantly, to keep meeting grassroots peacebuilders who use creative approaches. Through the MPI training, I have many people with whom to network as I try to make that a reality. Although the courses were great, what makes MPI special are the attendees from across Asia, working for strong communities and good relationships. I left the conference thinking "I always want to work with people in this field!"
 
Date of Posting: 31 July 2012
Posted By: John Daniel Gore
Mission Intern, Wi'am Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center, Bethlehem
After attending MPI 2012, I moved from being the Human Rights Program Coordinator to being the Peace Education Program Coordinator responsible for the Conflict Transformation Trainers' Pool. Now, I am using all the materials, lessons and experiences I gained from the training, not just the content but also facilitation methods, in my work with the people in the parishes. And this made me realize that what I learned at MPI 2012 is related to the situation here in Dili, Timor Leste.
 
Date of Posting: 30 July 2012
Posted By: Nue Cabral
Peace Education Program Coordinator, Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission, Dili, Timor Leste
Thank you very much for the training I received at MPI 2012. I was able to immediately apply the principles and strategies of the Conflict Transformation course to situations of conflict in my workplace. I found wonderful results in transforming the conflict into an avenue for learning from each other and cooperating towards common goals. Being able to identify the problems clearly for management and doctors and find common ground allowed all of us to think together as one.
 
Date of Posting: 30 July 2012
Posted By: Dr. Celia C. Castillo
Medical Doctor, Davao Doctor's Hospital, Davao City, Philippines
The courses I took: Introduction to Conflict Transformation; Religion: Dialogue, Theories and Practice for Peacebuilding and Asian Faces of Justice: Restoring Harmony and Accountability in Asian Communities at MPI 2012 strengthened my knowledge and skills in peacebuilding. MPI has provided a great venue for sharing experiences and deepening of participants' knowledge. 

The training gave me a wider and strategic perspective in addressing the peacebuilding path that I would like to share with colleagues and partners at Caritas Australia and the Caritas Internationalis network. The three weeks at MPI has strengthened my belief that peacebuilding starts with the context of the communities and that ownership and trust are important components for success.

 I believe I now have a better understanding of peacebuilding work. Being responsible for managing partners in Bangladesh and Nepal, I am now more confident in addressing peacebuilding issues and concerns in the countries where I am working.
 
Date of Posting: 30 July 2012
Posted By: Eleanor Trinchera

South Asia Program Coordinator, Caritas Australia, Sydney, Australia
http://www.caritas.org.au/
Before I attended MPI 2012, I had joined many peacebuilding trainings in my country, but the experience I got from MPI was different. It gave me a different worldview, new perspectives, and more understanding about conflict transformation and society in general. MPI also broadened my ideas and ways to solve conflicts, helped me to improve my personal attitude toward conflict, and developed my mediation and negotiation skills. Connecting people is also one of many benefits from MPI. I have gained valuable knowledge which will help me in my daily life for peacebuilding work, as well as to help me to be a more confident person. The techniques and skills I gained from MPI will help me to understand and solve conflicts, first within myself, then with my neighbors. I will not make judgments on any conflict situation because I have learned and now realize that in any conflict there is a deeper cause.
 
Date of Posting: 25 July 2012
Posted By: Bounpheng Thammavong
Translator, Mennonite Central Committee, Laos
The MPI Training enriched my previously vague understanding about the concept of peacebuilding. There were ample opportunities for informal sharing during the MPI training and they were very insightful and helpful in developing close relationships.
 
Date of Posting: 16 December 2010
Posted By: Ui Shiori
International Program Coordinator, Asian Health Institute Aichi, Japan, Japan
http://ahi-japan.sakura.ne.jp/english/html/
My MPI experience helped me in developing technical proposals and increased my confidence when attending meetings on technical peace issues. I also learned to use mediation practices in transforming family and community conflicts in my neighborhood.
 
Date of Posting: 27 November 2010
Posted By: Ahmad Rashid Watanpahl
Chief Program Officer Peace Department, Sanayee Development Organization, Afghanistan, 2010 Participant, Afghanistan
The courses I took at MPI provided me with a deeper and wider perspective, including skills and knowledge, on peacebuilding. At the center for social action where I work as Director, our programs have gradually been "infused" with peace perspectives since my return.
 
Date of Posting: 27 October 2010
Posted By: Leo Cortes
Director, De la Salle–College of St. Benilde Center for Social Action, 2010 Participant, Philippines
I was eager to learn more about how to understand/promote peace in various situations, beliefs, nations, and races. At MPI, I learned that in this wounded earth, there is a chance and reason for people to get healed and move forward with their lives.
 
Date of Posting: 27 October 2010
Posted By: Ling Dong
Counselor, Peace in China, 2010 Participant, China

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