Number of Members: 148,291
Project Title: “People Enabling Actions for Community Empowerment and Sustainable Peace and Development in Southern Mindanao (PEACE-SPD Southern Mindanao)”
The Young Mindanawans Peace Builders proved that indeed, the youth is the hope of the nation. Their being young did not hinder them from making a difference in their community, especially in a place surrounded by conflicts. Believing that peace can be obtained by focusing on the side factors, they have come up with their banner program, the “People Enabling Actions for Community Empowerment and Sustainable Peace and Development in Southern Mindanao (PEACE-SPD Southern Mindanao).”
Among the activities under the program is conducting several peace advocacies that help Muslim, Christian and Lumads understand the culture, origin and traditions of each other. The group also implemented the Entrepreneurship Development for the youth, which seeks to help alleviate the economic situation in the area. Feeding programs, human rights advocacy, literacy programs in remote areas, as well as assisting technical vocational education for the youth, and honing Youth Peace Advocates through the Circle of Peace Training are also part of the program.
The Young Mindanawans Peace Builders was founded on February 26, 2007 by Mr. Norhashim Ulangkaya in Notre Dame of Marbel University, Koronadal City, South Cotabato. The organization is composed of Christian, Muslim and Lumads. YMPB is guided by its mission to advocate, inform, involve, inspire and celebrate social change led by and for youths through a multifaceted approach.