Today we were invited to attend the graduation ceremony for “Batch 27” – the 27th class to graduate. TLF is a special school where the attendees stay for 100 days (some 200) and learn organic farming, plus math, computer, English, etc. What a great day! Most of these kids come from pretty rough backgrounds and difficult circumstances (including 2 refugees from Afghanistan and 1 from Ethiopia), and they are able to come to the farm and 100 days later graduate with newfound skills, knowledge and friends.
LDS Charities has helped the farm with computer desks, lockers, bedding and kitchen equipment. We attended simply to observe and support the farm and the kids – but instead, when we got there we were ‘special guests’ – they had me speak on behalf of LDSC, had DeeAnn and I present diplomas to a couple of the students and also had us give 2 of the top 10 students a special pin. I was also given a special scarf from East Nusa Tengarra from the student dancers. What an honor….
TLF is a great project and so fulfilling to see what they do. It’s a privilege for LDSC to be able to be one of their donors.