Children of Mindanao is a socio-civic venture that helps children from minorities and/or conflict-prone regions to access education better. By making education more accessible, its aim is to promote peace and understanding, as well as girls empowerment.
Currently, “Children of Mindanao” is primarily ran by siblings Farah Ghodsinia and Arman Ghodsinia. Both siblings are passionate in peace-building and community development in the Philippines.
Farah founded Children of Mindanao, as a way to help children from fellow ethnic and/or religious minorities to access education better. Presently, she serves as Peace Ambassador to the Office of the Philippine Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.
Previously, she served as President of the 10th National Youth Parliament of the Philippines, which is the biggest parliamentary gathering of youth in her country. She was the first female and Maranao elected as President of such parliament. In 2017, Farah was selected as one of the 18 Young Societal Leaders of the Singapore Summit 2017, where she spoke at the concluding High-Level Panel (the video of which can be found here). She has also been named as one of the “30 under 30 Gamechangers” by Lifestyle Asia.
Farah graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, with a degree in Broadcast Communications. Currently, she is pursuing her graduate studies. She plans to combine her interest in media and broadcasting, with law and social development.
Arman manages Children of Mindanao, together with his sister. He provides “Science, Technology and Math” lectures to kids, during school visits. Notably, Arman was the first Maranao to have graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MBB) program of the University of the Philippines. He also emerged as the Valedictorian of his MBB batch.
Arman was selected to deliver the Valedictory Speech, in front of all graduating students of the University of the Philippines-Diliman in June 2017. At that time, the war in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur was still ongoing. His speech was widely covered by Philippine news media, as he called for peace and unity throughout the country. His speech became viral, a copy of which can be read here.