Mambud Kestine Samai

ARI Nickname: Mambud Sierra Leone Single Leg Amputee Sports Association Program Coordinator / Pastor “Football acts as a channel through which friendships are built and further identifies and addresses the social needs that affect our members. The amputees can feel part of something where we are equal to others.” In addition to being a pastor, Mambud has been the program coordinator for The Single Leg Amputee Sports Association, or SLASA, for the last 16 years. As a program coordinator, he serves as a liaison between SLASA and its partners/donors. He also supervises projects to ensure they are meeting the association’s rigorous standards and that they are being successfully completed. Mambud … Read more…

Venitta Mkaka Kaduya

ARI Nickname: Veh Malawi Maziko Radio Station Radio presenter / Program producer “We target the poor and the stigmatized because we feel everybody can live a better life and anything is possible. These people are the ones that can change a society because they act like as an example to those who are low and feel they cannot manage.” Venitta works as both a farm supervisor and a host/producer for the Maziko Radio Station. She manages the production of three radio programs: Mbeleko, Ulimi Othilira, and Women Empowerment Programs. The first of these (translated as Baby) focuses on maternal health. The second (Irrigation Farming) involves Venitta visiting farmers to make … Read more…

Class of 2018: Kwabena Frempong Fening

ARI Nickname: Kwabena Ghana 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 … Read more…

Class of 2018: Josephine Antwi

ARI Nickname: Josephine Ghana 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 … Read more…

Class of 2018: John Yeboah

ARI Nick name: John Ghana 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 … Read more…

Class of 2018: Eric Ofosu Amoah

ARI Nickname: Eric Ghana Methodist Church Ghana Winneba Diocese Society Steward (Finance) & Youth Officer “My aim and vision is to help my fellow men to live a purposeful life by inspiring people to reach their potential in life. I also mentor and nurture my colleagues who did not get the opportunity of attending school or high education to realize and achieve their dream” Eric is currently a beekeeper with hands-on experience in farming. He currently manages a cocoa farm and hopes to expand his beekeeping business from its current count of 20 hives to about 100 hives in the next three years. Eric is also a cultivator of other … Read more…

Class of 2018: Berhane Ethiopia Hagos

ARI Nickname: Berhane Eritrea The Ministry of Agriculture of the State of Eritrea Agricultural Extension Agent “I got involved and will continue to do so, in rural work to contribute my knowledge and skill in the development of the majority of the rural population. I have to contribute my part in the improvement of the livelihood of the rural population” Berhane is the Agricultural Nursery Expert of the Northern Red Sea Branch of the Ministry of Agriculture, which fits with his community’s emphasis on agricultural practices such as farming, herding, and beekeeping. He has been involved in several of his organization’s projects, including Horticulture Development, Apiculture Development, and Enclosure Development. … Read more…

Stella Ephraim Notice

ARI Nickname: Stella Malawi Mary Consoler of the Afflicted, MCA Catholic Sister / Project Manager “Here in the Shire Valley we value community life. Life is shared from the birth to the death of every human being. We share meals, cultural dances, funerals, knowledge, and wisdom from the old to the young.” Stella has built her life on the conviction that independence and industriousness are vital qualities of the human spirit. This belief, while present in every aspect of her life, is most notably reflected in her current work as a sister for the congregation of Mary Consoler of the Afflicted. During Stella’s formation (process of preparation in the Catholic … Read more…