Life Skills Graduation – July 2017

Last weekend saw the first graduation ceremony for 2017 for the Evangeline Ministries / Masicorp life skills training course. The team were present to greet the graduates at the usual venue at Living Hope near Masiphumelele.

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Our thanks to the students this year for providing the hall decorations that can be seen on the stage here.

 

There were 18 students graduating – 17 women and one man. This also included a couple of graduates from Ocean View.

Thank you to Carol Hanks (Masicorp Director of Development) for delivering the welcome speech to the graduates. Thanks also to Fiona Maitland (Masicorp deputy MD) for being present to award the certificates to each student.

 

As usual there were many happy faces….

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And many spectacular outfits on show….

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Our thanks to Dr Wendy Ryan for her continued delivery of this programme. As a token of appreciation the students presented Wendy with  a small gift at the end of the ceremony.

 

The six-month programme now moves on with a fresh intake of students for the second half of 2017.

[Thanks to Dr Louise de Waal of Green Girls in Africa for all photographs on this blog]

 

 

 

Graduation Day for Life Skills Students

Twice a year we hold a graduation day for students that attend the the Evangeline Ministries life skills programme. Regular blog readers will recall our report in July from the first of 2015’s graduates. The course, which is part funded by Masicorp, has three components to it – computer training, English literacy and sewing skills. It is a course requirement that graduates wear the outfits they have made to the graduation day. The day therefore turns into a fashion show – so we thought it appropriate to provide a photo blog to highlight some of the designs on show.

Images courtesy of Louise de Waal from Green Girls in Africa

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IMG_9333IMG_9535IMG_9499IMG_9605IMG_9553IMG_9492IMG_9489Every graduate receives their own sewing machine.

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Congratulations to the class of 2015.

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High Fashion and High Hopes

The phrase “High Fashion and High Hopes” was the order of the day last Saturday as the latest group of graduates from the Evangeline Ministries life skills programme celebrated graduation with a fashion show. The programme, which is part funded by Masicorp, has run successfully for over five years and can boast more than 100 graduates. Sixteen more graduates from within the Masiphumelele community can now be added to that number.

As the ceremony started the new graduates danced their way into the graduation hall – kindly provided by our friends at Living Hope. Each graduate was wearing a selection of the clothing they had made during the previous six months, and they took it in turns to show off their outfits. There was a real mixtures of styles on show – from professional business suits to colourful dresses, and for the first time two male students presenting shirts (and a colourful hat).

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The life skills programme has three components to it – computer training, English literacy and sewing skills. Each graduate received a certificate of competency in all three areas as well as a brand new sewing machine, from which they can continue to work from home and hopefully earn a future income.

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For the programme manager, Wendy Ryan, it was a successful end to another six-month cycle, but only a brief respite in her work. With over 60 applications received already it will be straight back to work selecting the next group of students for the second half of 2015. We wish her well and express our congratulation to each of the new graduates.

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