Class of 2018: Joe Ginting

ARI Nickname: Joe Gereja Batak Karo Protestan, GBKP Pastor “In fact at this moment we do not need competition, but how we can work together. Work together to produce the better life, by working together will certainly ease the burden of easing the cost that we should bear alone, and by working together we learn more what we didn’t know.” In the Indonesian heartland of Kabupaten, the duties of a pastor don’t end after the Sunday service benediction. Joe Ginting knows this well, as his work schedule demands he make daily efforts to help improve the lives of the Karo people of Sukajulu. Since Sukajulu is a rural village in … Read more…

Class of 2018: Chlaodhius Budhianto

ARI Nickname: Chlaodhius Christian Church from Northern Central Java (GKJTU) Pastor “I know that many of my church members are poor farmers. Because of this, I not only nurture their spiritual life, but I also work to empower economically.  Organic farming is the solution to my people sustainable economic growth.” As the pastor of a small farming village in rural Indonesia, Chlaodihus has seen first-hand that spiritual words alone are not enough to alleviate the struggles of those who live in poverty. As such, he has taken it upon himself to realize the Christian creed of ‘preferential treatment for the poor’ by actively working to improve the economic situation of … Read more…

Class of 2018: Sundarasekar Thagaraj

ARI Nickname: Sundara Sristi Foundation Farmer “My name is Sundarasekar (Sundara) and believe in organic farming and it can feed the world needs. The nature has great power than artificial, I hope, i will get an opportunity to participate in ARI to learn more and share with more farmers in my community and outside to.” Sundara is a seasoned farmer with experience in agricultural management that goes back to his youth. At just fifteen years old, his father fell ill and needed him to take over all the responsibilities of their family farm. Not only did Sundara succeed in this, but he actually increased the farm’s annual crop yield. Today, … Read more…

Class of 2018: Prokhen Phangcho

ARI Nickname: Khen Amri Karbi Baptist Association, AKBA Pastor “I know that my community has capabilities within themselves, so I want them to bring up together and work and to live by themselves not depending on any other.” Born in the same village he now serves as pastor of, Prokhen has lived his whole life among the people he now serves. As a spiritual leader, it is Prokhen’s calling to tell the word of God, pay visitation to the sick, and offer support to the needy and disenfranchised members of his community. Prokhen is a devoted Baptist, and at the same time very respectful of the local animist traditions. There … Read more…

Class of 2018: Gabriel Gonmei

ARI Nickname: Gab Rongmei Baptist Association Subject Specialist “I always have my heart for rural people as I have also come from a rural place. Now I am  involved in nurturing rural poor and leaders in accumulating new strategies and approaches in transforming agricultural practices and development.” Gabriel was born in Dimapur, Nagaland, India. Coming from a rural area, and with the influences of his grandparents who are farmers, Gabriel has been interested in rural agriculture and development from a young age. Currently, he works as a Subject Specialist for the Rongmei Baptist Association in Nagaland to help the people of the Peren district. The Peren district is composed of … Read more…

Class of 2018: Kwabena Frempong Fening

ARI Nickname: Kwabena Methodist Church of Ghana, Koforidua Diocese (MCG) Project Director “The idea of leaders not partaking in the labor work in the farms and fields does not motivate the community. All hands-on deck is necessary to achieve the set target.” In the heart of Ghana’s lush plains, Kwabena serves his hometown of Maame Krobo as project director for the Methodist Church of Ghana’s Koforidua Diocese. Taking great pride in his community, Kwabena describes it as, “a moderate community full of farming activities.” Though poor (most residents are peasant farmers), his people are hard-working, industrious in both their fields and marketplaces. Kwabena does his best to help improve their … Read more…

Class of 2018: Josephine Antwi

ARI Nickname: Josephine Grassroots Socio Economic Empowerment (GSEE) Woman Leader “As a women leader, I demonstrate my ability to other women that what a man can do, a woman can do it better. I see myself as practical example of what the women can do for positive change in their lives and move away from the belief that women are only good in the kitchen.” Josephine is a native of Gberuk, a remote village in the Northern part of Ghana, 12 km away from the closest school or health center. Until recent years, it was a community that practiced subsistence agriculture; its residents cultivated cereals like millet and maize to … Read more…

Class of 2018: John Yeboah

ARI Nick name: John Peace Love Vegetable Grower Association Chairman and Farmer “I am of the view that it is right and privilege to work and live with people from different backgrounds, such as racial, language, ethnic or religious. It offers the opportunity to learn from different expertise, experience and rich varied learning.” As the founder and Chairman of Peace and Love Vegetable Growers Association of Ghana, John works full-time to serve his community (who’s rich Ashanti culture he takes great pride in). In this role, he oversees organizational activities, promotes growth of the organization, and ensures organizational objectives are achieved. John strives to empower the marginalized in the community. … Read more…