Nine board members, AFARI Executive Director J.B. Hoover, and Kathy Froede met at the St. Olaf College campus in Northfield, MN from June 7-9 for our annual board meeting. We started our weekend with a Friday night dinner with our homestay hosts and friends. On Saturday and Sunday we reviewed accomplishments in gaining support for ARI over the past year, discussed the latest developments in the ARI program, and planned for our next steps. We recognized long-serving, outgoing board member Steve Tarr, welcomed new member Beth Mooy in person, and formally elected Gene Witt as our newest board member.
Reflection on AFARI Safari
Reflection on the first AFARI Safari
Earlier in 2019 AFARI led its first “Safari” to Kenya where trip participants visited sending organizations and ARI graduates in the Mt. Kenya East region before meeting in Nairobi with more ARI graduates and representatives of potential sending organizations. A traveller reflects:
“I participated in a discussion group on organic farming as I knew nothing about it. Boy did I learn! My most significant take away was about climate change and how its impact on the growing seasons was affecting what they did. No questioning whether it existed or not – just struggling with how to deal with it. Other groups discussed potential opportunities for networking and female genital mutilation, the latter a tough but very necessary topic to address.
At a meeting with a potential sending body, what I enjoyed the most was Tomoko’s presentation on ARI. I had spent days with her and had seen her interact with graduates but here she definitely was in her ARI director mode and it was fascinating. She is so knowledgeable, articulate, and enthusiastic.”