Today was a great day for MRC as we started 2 new classes. One was our gardening class through the Sustainable Food Center/Citizen Gardner Program. Along with 20 other students from the Austin community, around 10 refugees from MRC participated in the class to learn how to build a square foot garden. Pictured below are Johnson from Liberia and Amine from Eritrea as they help the instructor build the garden plot.
The class was very hands-on and encouraged class participation. Everyone really enjoyed getting to be a part of it and learned a lot.
The class really enjoyed learning from the refugees on their gardening experience. Johnson was an agricultural extension agent in Ivory Coast, working to ensure proper food production and distribution to the refugee camps so he had a lot of knowledge to share.
Chuda Moni from Bhutan is seen above watering our new garden plot. The Sustainable Food Center has reserved 4 garden plots at the newly developing Festival Beach Community Gardens for refugees through MRC. We will receive orientation on how to participate in the community garden later this week and should be on our way to producing food through the community garden program for which we are very grateful!! We are also grateful to Dick Pierce of the Citizen Garden program who arranged for MRC to participate in this class and for the wonderful teachers and community members who were all so welcoming and inclusive.
Today was also the first day of our computer literacy class at the MRC Community Center. We received a technology grant from the City of Austin to support this program and we had a great turn out for our first day. Students pictured below are from Eritrea, Bhutan and Congo.
We are grateful for our wonderful teacher James Easterling who is patient and supportive as he introduces computer technology to many for the very first time. Here is James pictured below introducing computer hardware on Day 1 of the computer class.
We look forward to sharing with you more updates on these very exciting classes and ways to get involved as they develop.