Training is going very well. This week was Compost making, building a Compost Nursery table and planting lettuce,eggplant and tomatoes,building the rabbit house, making yogurt, natural insecticides, Hope for Africa.
Our trainees start the day with one sharing devotions. They have been doing a great job with that. This also gives us a chance to see how they teach. They have asked me to teach them English so we are doing three to five phrases or words a day. It is helping me get past “oui, oui” which is pronounced “we,we” and no it doesn’t mean I have to go to the bathroom.
Without a doubt the highlight of the week has been the yogurt making. Due to the size of the group we have had to split them in two to teach that. This of course has created a little competition. After the first group made their yogurt one of the guys (who was not in the group) said ” any man who says this is not good yogurt is a liar” … He liked it a lot and so do I. The great part about two groups is that we have had awesome yogurt for breakfast two days this week! Making yogurt is new for us.
I sent Eliphaz, our trainer for training this year to help expand our Nutritional emphasis on the program and he learned how to make it there. This training has really opened his eyes to our need for focusing on nutrition. He is now looking at how all we do impacts nutrition. Yogurt is a great nutritional supplement to the diet and another way we can emphasize the importance of nutrition in promoting better health. We even made some Moringa yogurt to pump up the nutrition that much more.
Speaking of Nutrition, here is the definition that the class came up with for Nutritional Agriculture, our program: It is providing food in a necessary quantity and quality to maintain our body balance and good growth and will produces good health. I thought this was a great definition of what we are trying to accomplish.
The Director of Agriculture for the region visited us again this week and was quite complimentary about what has taken place in such a short time. We spoke with him about having our trainees speak on the local radio about what they are learning to help spread the word. He said he could arrange that and also said he would like to have the television station come out and report as well. It’ s starting to take shape!
Yesterday one of our better trainees told us he has gotten a job teaching Agriculture at the school and would have to leave us. We are sorry to see him go but it has now opened up the opportunity we have been praying about to later on have our trainees teach in the school system here.
This is not only a great way for our trainees to learn how to present what we are training them but is a great way to get the information disseminated to the community through the kids. This is why the 4-H youth program got started in the US and those of you who know my background as an Extension Agent for Penn State know that this makes me tick!
– Ken Winebark, Agriculture Program Administrator