All of the speakers at the conference were Kenyan, except for Arlene Hardy who spoke on being accountability and transparency. Some of the other topics at the conference included sustainable development, community participation, community mobilization and economic growth opportunities. Evans Baiya, the president of Expansion International wrapped up the 3 day event with a highly motivating talk on inspiring those you lead.
Our goal with the leadership training was to build a base of strong leaders who will lead the development in their own communities and encourage others in the next generation. It was exciting to have the attendees share how they had implemented what was learned from the last conference. Not only did they work at being a servant leader, but some also put into practice and shared with others many of the things they had learned. Things like the benefits of crop rotation, row planting, using fertilizers and mulching. Many attendees talked about using the new techniques that allows them to get multiple plantings in one year. As well they taught their families and others about the need for clean water, hand washing and good sanitation.
The feedback from the speakers and the attendees was excellent! The community leaders know what it means to be a leader and empower others. We are very excited for what this group will accomplish in the coming year.