Celebrating Success

Graduations are always an opportunity for celebration and for reflection.

Amid much excitement, more than 20 participants in the Community Economic Development training program – indigenous leaders, community educators and other specialists working in local economic and social development initiatives – proudly received their certificates of completion from Simon Fraser University and our Bolivian partner AIPE  in March 2012.

Sharing food and music are hallmarks of a healthy community. Nobody suggests that what comes next will be the hard work of realizing the social and economic plans that were seeded in the program.

Speechmaking and ceremony was an important part of recognizing the work of the graduates, including the Mayor of Viacha and the indigenous leaders of the community as well as our project team.

– by Joanna Ashworth