Sushma Pant

Name: Sushma Pant ARI Name: Sushi Year at ARI: 1998 Country: NEPAL Home: Kathmandu Organization: Nepal Bangladesh Bank Position: Jr. Executive Officer Work Area: Kathmandu Other Activities: Chairperson,                                                                                  International Association of Religious Freedom (IARF) Nepal Chapter “I realized people are equal, so we should respect like this.” Born and raised in a Brahmin family, the highest caste in Hindu society, Sushma was taught that she should not take food from people of lower caste nor even touch them. “We [were] brought up that way,” she explains, “and it’s in our mind.” So one thing that particularly impacted her at ARI was how people of different cultures and social … Read more…

U Htilo Elijah Modu

Though Htilo’s home and family are in the town of Loikaw, he spends most of his time up in the mountain village of Shin Phyu Tang, where he manages a 1,000 acre farm, owned by the Catholic Church. The farm’s main crop has long been fruits such as oranges, apples, mangos, jackfruit, bananas, and pineapple, but Htilo is slowly moving over to tea, cardamom, jackol beans, and pine trees, as he feels the soil and climate conditions are better suited to these…..

Kisimbiri Singoro

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.

Emmanuel Ssempiira

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.

Andrew Onyango Achar

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…..

Naw Lee Myar

As the director for the Christian Social Service and Development Department (CSSDD) in the Kayah Hpu Baptist Association, Myar organizes training and awareness programs for community and women’s groups in areas such as water and sanitation, maternal child health, women’s empowerment, and malaria prevention, coordinating with the many international NGOs that have recently come into Kayah State……

Moses Ochiel

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).