Volunteering for Peace in Nigeria: Meeting with the Founder of the LikeMinds Project
On Tuesday, April 11, the Alliance for Peacebuilding and the Women and Peacebuilding Affinity Group hosted Fatima Mohammed, Founder of the LikeMinds Project, a nonprofit organization working with less privileged and vulnerable communities in Nigeria, particularly women, children and youth. The LikeMinds Project focuses on encouraging volunteerism and promoting initiatives towards improving livelihoods and building a better and peaceful society.
The discussion focused on Ms. Mohammed’s work, which began ten years ago as a way to mobilize Nigerians looking to volunteer in their communities. This informal gathering of friends has since turned into an organization that works around the country, from the capital city Abuja to Maiduguri in the northeast. Volunteers work with visually impaired children, orphans, internally displaced people, and other vulnerable populations. Their flagship program is called Volunteers for Peace, which provides advocacy, training, and mentoring to volunteers working on a variety of projects, and is organized under the principles of nonviolence and conflict sensitivity.
Ms. Mohammed is in the United States as part of an Eisenhower Fellowship, which brings exceptional leaders ages 32-45 from all fields around the world to the U.S. for seven-week individualized fellowships. She will be traveling to a dozen U.S. cities in the next two months, meeting with other organizations doing peacebuilding and volunteer work. Eisenhower Fellows make a lifelong commitment to advance the organization’s mission: to enhance international understanding and work towards a world that is more peaceful, prosperous and just.