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.
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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.
SCIAF project Agakura is driving sustainable agriculture forward with young people and small-scale farmers in Burundi The war in Burundi tore people’s lives apart. It created many orphans. Agakura was born out of the desire by Director Fr Deogratias to give these young people and farmers a future, by providing them with agriculture education and vital practical skills. These practical skills help this group to grow their own produce to feed themselves and earn valuable income for their families by selling at local markets.
Agakura provides training in sustainable agriculture, agro-forestry and animal husbandry. Organic approaches to farming are used and the farmers are taught vital skills in how to get the best out of their land in a sustainable way.
In this regard, over the past two years, CAPAZ has run a training program for young people in rural areas surrounding Santa María Chiquimula. This program, administered by Jesuit priests, has three principal objectives. First, the program adds complementary nutrition for students; second, it teaches students how to efficiently manage farms and animal breeding. Third, the program imparts students with the skills to replicate sustainable farming practices in their local communities.
José María Vélaz SJ, founder of Fe y Alegría, showed great passion in transforming education from a general process – education for all – to a more individual-centric approach, incorporating education for life, job training, agricultural education, and reflecting his passion for the forest.