Faith Kenya was established in 1996 by ARI graduate Wenslause Mukhwana because he wanted to work closer with the people at the grassroots within his own community. Sadly, he passed away unexpectedly in 2009, while Kisi was still in Japan. Upon his return, Kisi took up the reigns, but was soon hit with another devastating blow when his wife, and active member of their farming group, also died.
Emma is the farm manager and trainer at the St. Patrick’s Centre for Integral Development. As he describes it, he is in charge of everything – from taking care of the animals and gardens to getting people to the hospital to heating up the tea water for guests. The center keeps abundant livestock, including cows, goats, donkeys, rabbits, geese, turkeys, guinea fowl, chickens, ducks, and fish.
For over 16 years Andrew worked for the Dagoretti Children’s Center, a project in Nairobi run by Feed the Children. The center cares for orphaned and destitute children as well as those who are physically and mentally challenged and Andrew was brought in to teach both children and young adults about theories and practices in agriculture…..
Moses has five children, three of whom his family took in after they lost their parents. His wife Millicent is a priest in the Anglican Church of Kenya, serving four congregations (Nyamninia Parish) in the Diocese of Maseno West. One of the many church projects he assists with is administration support for 300 Compassion International sponsored children (up to three kids from one family can be sponsored).
David is a gifted talker and story teller. Soft and fluid in his speech, his best way of connecting with people is through his preaching and teaching. He serves as a priest in the Church of Uganda and as a teacher at the Namataba Secondary School where he also takes the opportunity to preach to the children during assembly time. His messages start from the bible, and from there he moves into practical daily life themes such as sanitation, agriculture, and taking care of the environment.
For the last 10 years Pamella (and she likes both of those ‘L’s in her name) has been serving as an administrator at the Ulumbi Secondary School, where she works closely with the school principal in managing operations and also assists in preparing examinations. She advocates hard to the school’s agriculture club to move toward organic practices for their long term health benefit, but this has proven to be an uphill battle as chemical fertilizers are subsidized and heavily promoted in Kenya and the students believe they are the key to getting quick and abundant yields.
Following its 40th anniversary celebration, Transformation at the Grassroots: 40 years of walking with grassroots leaders, ARI initiated a project to go deeper into learning the impact graduates are having around the world. It contracted with Steven Cutting, former ARI staff person, and Bev Abma, external consultant, to conduct a Graduate Impact Study over a two year period. This project was generously sponsored by the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Visits to more than 230 graduates in 12 countries have revealed a tremendous diversity in the work of each of the graduates as well is in the contexts they operate and the … Read more…
Look forward to reading more about the ARI Graduates on this page soon!