Because of the support of partners like you, World Hunger Relief is able to train individuals with the agriculture skills needed to feed communities throughout the world. Thank you for your support that makes this possible. I invite you to be part of an exciting matching opportunity. In August and September the J.E.S. Edwards Foundation will double your donations to WHRI!
Job Carpenter is a biology teacher at Ricks Institute, a Christian high school in Liberia. Job and his students conducted a survey of the most prevalent illnesses seen at the institute’s clinic. When the students learned that infection and anemia due to malnutrition were the most common health problems, they felt a call to action. They convinced the institute leadership to create a garden and livestock program to address the root issue of malnutrition.
After many years of devastating civil war, insufficient food production and a lack of agricultural knowledge continue to trouble Liberia. The average child goes to school without food and does not eat until evening. As students in Ricks Institute’s agriculture program graduate, they hope to take knowledge of farming throughout Liberia.
Job temporarily left his wife and children to come to our Waco training farm in order to learn the skills needed to lead the institute’s new agriculture program. He has co-managed our produce enterprise and will return to Liberia and Ricks Institute in September.
Job is an example of an international intern making a difference at our Waco training farm who will impact his community when he returns home.
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Check out this article on the upcoming Faith & International Development Conference, featuring Elizabeth Ross, current WHRI Local Education & Volunteer Coordinator intern:
Elizabeth Ross and Neil R. Miller are preparing to travel to the conference next week, where they will represent WHRI.
I was sent a link to On Being by a good friend of the farm, Kris Olson. On Being is a weekly show on NPR, hosted by Krista Tippett; sometimes I listen to it on Saturdays, and it frequently encourages me to think deeply about our work and our impact on the world. I especially enjoy Tippett’s encouragement to develop skills in imagining a world in which we all want to live. She frequently features guests who view imagination as a spiritual discipline and a method of prayer.
A recent episode was entitled Becoming Detroit. Many of us have been encouraged for a long time by the way Detroit has responded to years of economic downturn. This episode examines the spiritual roots of this movement, it was motivational to me to continue to think creatively about the future of our community here in Waco. There is also an accompanying slide show on the website; I felt at home by the scenes of community gardens that look like some of the ones our interns worked in on MLK Day, and even the art has a similar aesthetic. Here is the link to the episode; if you listen or look please share your ideas.
WHRI Education Director
WHRI was happy and joyous to host a tour for a local group of veterans from Waco’s PRRP. After hearing about the mission and work of the farm, all of us at WHRI were so grateful that the group helped raise money for a generous donation to the farm. We are happy that these men and women have chosen to support the mission and work of WHRI in their community here and around the world. We are so thankful for all the support that we have received over the years and we are proud of the ethic of service that these men and women embody.
Check out the video from the recent Spirituality & Food Seminar held at University Baptist Church in Austin on April 27. Matt Hess our Education Director as well as Alumni Bethel Erickson now with the Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition and Jeremy Everett now with the Texas Hunger Initiative presented with the panel.
Watch videos of the presentation here.