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Graduation is many things to many people and this graduating class of 2015 is no different.  We are so pleased and excited to announce the first graduating class of the Trade School at Our Lady of the Rosary.

For one entire year these graduates spent their afternoons learning the fundamentals of sewing both in theory and in practice.  Sunday, April 12, Divine Mercy Sunday, 8 women and 2 men graduated.  I had the privilege of not only receiving a hand made shirt from the class but also to see the fruits of their labor – they did a great job!

Congratulations – We are so proud of you!

How appropriate they should hold their graduation on Divine Mercy Sunday.  It is this devotion that we have in common.   We pray for each other through this devotion; it is our spiritual connection.

Arriving at this day was not without its struggles.  Originally the class started with about 50 women and men with one teacher for each group.  As time went on some had to drop out for various reasons, the biggest one; finances.  The fee required to attend the class, which were to be used to pay the teachers, was too much for many and those who did stay couldn’t afford all of the funds and Father Nova made it his responsibility to take care of the teacher salaries out of his pocket.  This is not to put a negative spin on the day, it’s just a fact of life in Haiti.

As an organization we are looking at what we can do to support this program for the future and still have at least a small fee which we believe draws ownership and pride in what you are doing and what you accomplish in the end.  So, while we will continue to support this program we will try our best depending on our finances to make it affordable to as many as possible.

Enough talk! Enjoy the photos of the graduates and their work on the photo page.

May God continue to Bless you abundantly!