The team takes a break from orientation to relax on the National Mall in Washington D.C. From left to right, the participants are: Laura Frazee (Montana), Kirby Schmidt (Minnesota), Whitney Barnes (Wisconsin), Nicole Liles (Florida), Tessa Ries (Minnesota) and Bradley Coleman (Louisiana).
The 2013 FFA Global Outreach: Africa (FFA GO: Africa) program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for six college-age students to travel to Burkina Faso, a small country in West Africa, June 22 – July 7, 2013. While there, the participants will learn how smallholder farmers fight hunger and poverty through sustainable agriculture. The group will experience firsthand the reality of food insecurity, agriculture and conservation issues in a Sub-Saharan African country where the average annual income is at or below $1,500.
The FFA GO: Africa team has arrived in Burkina Faso! After 25-and-a- half hours of travel from Washington D.C., we slept well last night in Ouagadougou and woke refreshed and ready for our first day in-country with Catholic Relief Services.
This morning we were welcomed at the CRS headquarters in Ouagadougou by Adjavon, Amidou and Bangre, as they taught us about their work in Burkina Faso. They have worked hard to coordinate our visit and are taking great care of us. They, along with other CRS staff, explained their programs and helped us visualize what we learned at our Baltimore, Md., orientation. As we learned more from the ones who are actively implementing the programs, we had the opportunity to ask questions before hitting the field.
Adjavon left us with powerful words when he said, “As you put your foot in our country, you become our ambassador.” Continue reading