Ryerson University President Sheldon Levy will be getting a cow from a student who graduates next week, and will make the trip to Africa to retrieve the animal.
Teriano Lesancha, a Ryerson Student who comes from a Kenyan village where Cow's are living currency has gifted her school president with this token of appreciation. Teriano's mother, whom did not make it past the third grade was a strong advocate for he daughter's education, managed to gain a sponsorship from World Vision.
The Star reports Teriano's father, We’ve seen that girls’ education can bring in a lot to the community,” Lesancha Saidimu, said on Friday through his daughter, two days after landing in Toronto for her graduation — his first trip on a plane.
As they toured Ryerson on Friday with their daughter, Teriano’s parents thanked Levy for looking after her and presented him with some beaded handicrafts from home that the mother had made herself.
Unused to modern conveniences such as elevators, they were astonished by the world their daughter now feels comfortable in, and there was much laughter and joking among the family.
Her story has inspired Canadian film company Goldelox Productions to make a documentary about Teriano called The Maasai Are Coming, due out this fall.