A group of Development and Peace youth members from across Canada are in Zambia on a youth solidarity trip to learn more about the work of Development and Peace and its partners. Today, we visited the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) on the outskirts of Lusaka. KATC receives support from the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR), a partner organization of Development and Peace that is hosting our visit in Zambia.
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Most people think of an academic career as moving steadily up from doctoral studies to first teaching position to tenure to advancement in rank, culminating as full professor and head of a department. But Fr. Roland Lesseps is no ordinary man. The Jesuit biologist, an expert in embryology with a doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University, walked away from a comfortable position in his home town of New Orleans to spend almost 20 years pursuing science in service of the poor in Africa. After he left a full professorship at Loyola University where he chaired the biology department, he found a second home at the Jesuit agriculture research and training center at Kasisi, Zambia, not far from the capital, Lusaka.
MAJIS is an initiative of the Eastern Africa Province of Society of Jesus under the auspices of and in cooperation with the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek, South Sudan.
The mission of MAJIS is to set up an agricultural school and farm to provide food security and training in sustainable agriculture, agroforestry, animal husbandry and modern farming technology for the local population of Akol Jal and for individuals and groups from all areas of South Sudan.
Through success-oriented teaching methods with Ignatian origins: the importance of experimentation, analysis, support and revision, PURPAN’s ambition is to foster the development of men and women endowed with a great capacity for action and adaptation, integrating personal commitment, solidarity, a sense of action and a passion for service.
Over 300 professions are open to our students in the following sectors: life sciences, agriculture, the food-processing industry, marketing and management.