Sisters Making a Difference Together

By USCRI March 4, 2021

Sisters Furaha and Mukanoheli, originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, work and learn side by side in our FARM (Fostering Agriculture among Refugee Mentees) program. “I like it, we use teamwork and learn about agriculture,” says Furaha. “I like using the ladder and building the tents,” says Mukanoheli.

FARM takes place onsite at the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center, an inner-city urban farm/greenhouse and educational center in the heart of Albany. The program was developed in partnership with Radix and funded by a grant from Farm Credit East to promote interest in agriculture, teach the science and economics of urban agriculture, and help refugee youth develop the leadership skills to share what they have learned with the larger community.

“Radix’s students from USCRI have been a great asset to our team!” says Ben Atwood, Agricultural Educator at Radix. “Their strong work ethic has motivated other students to do their best. Furaha and Mukanoheli have been especially interested in building fires on cold nights, and say that it reminds them of home.”


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