Graduation day was such an important day that I had to do a part 2.
More from Maritza....
I will do a follow up with the students who graduated in September...to see how we can get them to graduate from college -- it would be a dream!
On graduation day, the graduates, wanted a school hymn, one
of them who is musically talented composed a wonderful school song, it is
Another wanted us to make a flag out of the Casa Emanuel
emblem, we did.
The kids went to a tailor and he made them all those
beautiful black suits.
One of the girls that graduated, Isaria, is a dancer, she
dances with Netos do Bandim, the dance group you saw the day you arrived. She
trained our girls and they performed beautiful ethnic dances. Another artist
from the Netos do Bandim, trained the boys.
The regional director of education was present and he made a
comment as to how well and how organized things were, he also wanted us to know
how we did it. The school is among the best in Guine (grant you we are broke)
but educationally it is one of the best.
The parents, teachers and administration from Casa Emanuel
along with our director at large, Isabel Johanning, were extremely pleased.
I was surprised by the teachers and the director of education
and they presented me with a diploma. Recognizing the school and myself for the educational
excellence of the school.
Maritza is home from Guinea Bissau for her summer break. Just as she
promised, she brought lots of photos. As you know, we had a difficult
year and were not able to get as many photo updates of our projects as
we usually do because of the transportation issue with Maritiza's car.
Now that we have remedied that situation and Maritza is back home until the fall, all is well.
and....there is sooo much to share.
Let's start with graduation at Casa Emanuel
I could rewrite what Maritiza sent to me, but why bother. She does an excellent job in her own words.
After six years of educating the kids, it was fun to see
that finally Liceu Comunitario Emanuel had its first group of graduates. There
were only fifteen kids, yet they are a group of amazing kids, they are not only
handome, kind, polite and respectful, but they are very intelligent.
Right now, all of them want to continue studying, we are
hoping they could get scholarships from the Brazilian embassy who has been most
generous to Guineeans, as far as offering them scholarships to study in Brazil. There are two types of scholarships the first one is the most desirable,
it offers free room, board, and all five years of college free of charge and it
includes their round trip ticket. The second one is good, but more difficult,
it offers free college, free room and board but the kids have to pay for their
round trip ticket to and from Brazil. A one way ticket is $1,000, which is about as easy to get as paying for a trip to the moon! It is impossible for
them to get the money for the airfare. The other country which offers
scholarships is China. Again, they do offer a sweet deal, all expenses paid and
five years of college.
Among the students, about five want to study medicine, a few
enginneering and others, want to be lawyers.
The situation in Guine bissau has been most difficult
financially, setting educational dreams aside due to the difficulty the country
faced with two years of a military imposed government. Right no , the hopes are up
again, we want good things for our kids and they may just happen.
I will the Lord willing, go to the Chinese Embassy to
see if we could get a scholarship or two for my little kids..all taller than
Congratulations to all of the graduates! Here's hoping those scholarships come through. And a BIG thank you to Maritza for making a difference in their lives!
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