My time in the Philippines and as a member of the MPI team is ending soon. I will be returning home to Germany in December. I look forward to a new chapter in my life with family and friends in Germany, different seasons, traveling by bicycle and train, and enjoying more free time.
However, I also have bittersweet feelings about saying goodbye to my MPI colleagues and the wider MPI family. It has been a pleasure getting to know and work with so many wonderful people during my time as MPI's Research, Documentation, and Learning Coordinator. I express my deep gratitude for the trust, friendship, and inspiration I have received from you over the past years.
Thank you for helping MPI achieve its vision of making the MPI peacebuilding network stronger and richer. It has indeed been a joy to witness the emergence of MPI alumni groups and clusters during my time with MPI. I am happy that my colleague, Anna Loren Gingco, with whom I have worked closely for more than two years, will continue the work of connecting MPI alumni and partners.
I hope we can meet again somewhere, sometime. In the meantime, please continue your work and commitment to peace, solidarity, and social justice.