Saturday, July 26, 2008

7th Graduation of ELI's Sustainable Agriculture & Community Development Program

Handing over the sheep
Originally uploaded by Boyznberry
Yesterday, to the applause of 500 or so guest, ELI's 7th SACDP class graduated. That brings it to a total of 158 students who have graduated from this program since it started in 2001.

Dr. Victoria Anjiji, professor in horticulture at Moi University, was one of the guests of honor. This petite woman was beaming with pride in the students, reminding them to keep Jesus in the #1 position of their lives, no matter where the journey from here may take them.

"You aren't just graduating for Uashin Gishu District, or for Rift Valley Province, or for Kenya or East Africa. You are graduating to compete with the world!" she pointed out. Baringo District, where she hails from, produces such quality agricultural products that their greatest international competitor is Israel. "Are you ready to compete with the rest of the world? With Christ, you can do it!"

She beamed as she handed out the prizes for best academic and best practical performance to two female students.

The hundreds of guests enjoyed a meal together before making the long journeys home. But the joy in the air was evident. Families were proud of their students' performance, and are ready to see them implement in their own communities what they had learned at Kipkaren.

Click on the photo to see more pictures from the event.

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