Indigenous Youth Leaders Osmosis Immersion

For several years now, as iEmergence has been working alongside Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities, we have seen young people become strong leaders as they intentionally engage their cultures through conversations and relationships with elders. In these relationships, they work to gain knowledge and understanding of how to best lead their people into a healthy future. As iEmergence engages in building pathways with leaders from the Indigenous communities of Tagakolu, Ata, Matigsalug and Teduray in the southern Philippines we strive to provide safe space, unique experiences and mentorship so young people might develop and grow to become confident and culturally-rooted leaders for their respective communities - leaders who accept with full pride and honor, their Creator-given identity.
Intl Osmosis

With this in mind, iEmergence has identified 5 young indigenous leaders: Maritess Gonzalo from the Tagakolu tribe, Susan Batawan and Roel Arthur Ali Jr. from the Ata tribe, Rudy Mande from the Matigsalug tribe and Mark Anthony Laganding from the Teduray tribe, to engage in a learning experience from a new and unique context that will allow them to build upon the knowledge they already have and explore deeper understanding of what it looks like to live indigenously. Our goal is to build on the gifts that have been entrusted to them by their community and culture and provide a reflective space for personal and holistic growth and development.

This project, known as Osmosis; is a cultural immersion experience that will take place from October 25-November 10, 2016. Before embarking, participants will engage in five monthly team meetings to build group unity and start learning together about the place we will be going and the people we will be meeting. Participants will also have two days of Appreciative Cross Cultural Engagement Training (ACCET) to develop an awareness of how to healthfully engage in these communities. Osmosis will take us to the Upland Holistic Development Project (UHDP) in Chiang Rai, Thailand, and the Koren tribal communities with whom they walk alongside. At the UHDP, participants will have opportunities to live in the context of a sustainable, Christian development organization and learn the processes and ways of doing development in culturally-appreciative ways. After spending a week at the UHDP, we will engage with organizations and institutions in Chiang Mai that are focused on indigenous rights and anti-human trafficking endeavour in their communities. In Chiang Mai, participants will have opportunities to engage in consultations with local organizations regarding their efforts and partnerships with Indigenous communities that work to curve the spread of human trafficking as well as increase awareness of Indigenous rights issues.

Support the future leaders of the Philippines! GIVE TODAY and walk with Indigenous youth leaders as they journey to rediscover their Creator-given identity as tribal people and become resources for sustainable development in their communities.

Through this Osmosis and the reflection upon this journey, it is our hope and desire that participants will be affirmed in their identity as indigenous young people; exploring how both indigenous values and the positive experiences from the past are necessary for the successful development of their communities in the future. We also desire for participants to be inspired and motivated to birth and pursue dreams for their own communities through the level of appreciation and value they put into their own cultural identity and the learning that they will get from host communities as well as from other Osmosis participants. Through this Osmosis, participants will gain an understanding of how to use knowledge about past successes in like communities to guide them in their pursuit of their own dreams for the future and also recognize the important role that they play in upholding their culture and the development of their community.

Check back here as we share more about Osmosis and the young Indigenous leaders who will be participating in this unique learning experience.