Friends and family members gathered at the Lacombe Memorial Centre last weekend to celebrate Eric Rajah, an incredible humanitarian who was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Andrews University in Michigan.
Rajah was recognized for his work with the organization he founded called A Better World, which funds agriculture, education and health projects in impoverished countries around the world. What began as a small project in Lacombe has blossomed into a global phenomenon, with Rajah and his teams of volunteers travelling all over to provide aid and work on community development projects.
“In this journey of mine, one does not arrive at such a milestone alone,” Rajah said. “This journey has been one where we have all invested, where we have inspired each other and we have impacted many people.”
Theresa Donkor, a business student at Canadian University College, started out doing secretary work with Rajah at A Better World two years ago. With a dream of becoming a lawyer and hoping to pursue international work, Rajah gave Donkor the push she needed to pursue her goals.
She has now returned from her third trip volunteering in Kenya, and will be writing her law school entrance exam in September.
“Eric sees potential where most people don’t,” Donkor said. “He empowers us students, and enabled me to believe that me — a short, shy small town girl — can really, truly make a difference in this world.”
In honour of Rajah’s commitments, the team at A Better World has decided to put his name on their latest project: building a new dining room and kitchen at a secondary school in a small town called Mali. Rajah said he was overcome by the generosity and commitment of everyone involved in putting the special celebration together.
“There are many things you could be doing on this beautiful Sunday afternoon,” he said. “But you have chosen to be here to express your appreciation, and I’m grateful for that.”