We were very honored to have a visit of the International Leadership Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, organized here in Springfield by Jeff Berg. Along with five interpreters, Dr. Zakeu Antonio from Angola, Mr. Alassane Doumbia and Ms. Yasmina Frederique Ouenin Epse Guessen from Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Mamihaja Raherimiarantsoa from Madagascar, Mr. John Bala from Nigeria, Mr. Methiour Seye from Senegal, and Mr. Ntokozo Chonco from South Africa learned about sustainable agriculture, family farms, and efforts like ours here at Jubilee Farm. These people, with their already impressive resumes, are all future leaders in their countries. Most of them returned to their countries with some of Sr. Mary Fran’s pottery!
On May 11, 2013 Jubilee Farm was honored to host a visit from the African delegation of the International Visitor Leadership Program. Springfield is one of 94 communities across the U.S. that make up the National Commission on International Visitors, run by the U.S. State Department. The goal of the program is to bring over future leaders who have never visited the United States for three weeks of programming related to whatever specialty the attendees possess. The program also focuses on engagement with Americans and our culture.
Along with their five interpreters, we were very happy to engage with seven future leaders from the countries of Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa. Sr. Sharon Zayac spoke to them about sustainable farming, community-supported agriculture, and the need to connect people with their food supply. There was much head-nodding when she spoke about the issues regarding GMO (genetically modified) foods.
We trust their visit helped them see some of the home folks here in our country. We know their presence here did that for us.
Sr. Sharon Zayak is a Board Member of SSI