Catherine (left) and Angella graduated last week from their life skill sewing course!!
And for both of them it is a big accomplishment! Catherine has been living with us for quite a while. And she was doing good, we helped her with her education when she went back to live with her relatives in the village. But when it did not go so well in the secondary school, we agreed together that it would be better to find a life skill course for her. She liked the sewing and was happy there. She was one of the best students!! But during that year she got involved with a boyfriend and got pregnant. Everything went well with her pregnancy and a beautiful baby boy, Theo,was born (read the blog of April 23,2015) They went together back to the village and Catherine changed into a very good mother. Due to circumstances Cahtherine is not together with the father of her baby, she lives with her own relatives in the village. Her course was just finished and she passed!! The graduation was later. they combined several courses for a big celebration, and last week Catherine was one of the stars who was shining bright!!! I am so proud of her, in spite of all what happened, she stayed on track and she will be able to earn a living for her and her son!!
Angella has not been living in Amecet, but we help her and her family. Both of her parents died of HIV/AIDS and Angella stayed behind with a younger brother and sister, who are both HIV +. There is also an old paralysed grandmother. Angella had to stay home from school to care for the others at home. We talked with her and her Grandmother and offered her a sewing course, so she would be able to earn a living. They accepted and Angella went to the life skill course. But there was another problem arising, Angella could not read or write. But she persevered, we heard that she was always hanging out with the best performing students, learning from them. Angella can be so proud of herself, passing this course and graduate!! We are too and so happy to give both of these girls a chance to stand up for them self and be able to look after them self!!