MESSENGERS OF PEACE: Our Peace Clubs

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As promised last week, we will commence from this week to publish the stories of our young peace volunteers. In their own words, we will feature the great but silent contributions of our volunteers to sustainable peace in Liberia. We will present their motivations, their roles and responsibilities in peacebuilding and their aspirations.

Their messages of peace and vision should resonate with not just peace advocates, but with the entire youth of Liberia and Liberians in diaspora.

This week, we present to you: Ms. Eno Edet Inwang-Peace Clubs Coordinator. We hope that you will find it inspiring.

And in her own words:

I am Eno Edet Inwang, a promising young Liberian. I am 19. I live with my mother, Ms. Anna K. Inwang on Newport Street, Monrovia. I am a graduate of the First Assembly of God High School on Carey & Buchannan Streets in Monrovia and presently a student of Sociology at the United Methodist University (UMU), Ashmum Street.

Volunteerism has always been my passion since I was a little girl. As a young lady growing up, it was very good to be seen as a volunteer. I enjoy rendering my services and time towards the growth of humanity. My first encounter with formal volunteerism started when as the past president of the First Assembly of God High School, I represented my school at the Students’ Observance Day of International Day of Peace organized by Messengers of Peace – Liberia on Friday, September 21, 2012.

At that event, I was amazed to see how happy young people are to volunteer their services and time for a particular causes— peace. It was then that I realized that peace advocacy is very important to our national development.

I got more interested in the works MOP does after listening to all of the wonderful programs the young people of the organization undertook. I said to myself, “I TOO CAN CONTRIBUTE. I WILL NOT REST UNTIL I BECOME A PART OF THIS GREAT FAMILY AND MAKE MY CONTRIBUTION TO A SUSTAINABLE PEACE IN LIBERIA”.

I am proud and happy that I presently serve as the MOP’s Peace Clubs Coordinator. My greatest moments have been reaching out to the young people in the peace clubs within the schools and communities, building and strengthening their capacities just as I strengthen my own capacity.

At MOP, we undertake a lot of peace advocacy and mentorship programs for sustainable peace. Through this peace advocacy, lots of young people have been able to realize that they can be peace messengers rather than being used to create violence.

Like we say in Liberia, other people have their “areas” but for me, peace is my “area”. What is yours?

Through the continuous motivation I receive from my mother and siblings, I have been able to combine studies with volunteerism and I am particularly thankful to the Executive Director of MOP, Ms. Gwendolyn Myers, who has also served as a source of inspiration and nursing mother for me and all peace messengers.

She has always been there watching my back. And I appreciate her guidance and pieces of advice that have made me become a better person.

I want to use this medium to call on all Liberians especially the youths to be actively involved in peace building.

As our Executive Director will say “WE ALL HAVE TO WORK TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE PEACE FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE”.

Peace begins with just a smile, it comes from within, do not seek it from without.

Mahatma Gandi said, “The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace”.

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