Vocational training | Graduation Dinner

Posted: 22 May 2016

The graduation dinner for our students didn’t feel like a formal event — we were just celebrating with close friends we had gotten to know over the past three months of classes. Our time together had passed way too quickly, as usual. Although we teach our students a lot of things, they still have so much more to learn and need help finding direction.

The graduates arrived late for their dinner – we found out later it was because they were looking for flowers to buy for their teachers! This is the first time ever that our teachers received a bouquet from each of their students and it was so special to us, because we know our students don’t have extra money to spend. We were encouraged a lot by their generous hearts and have hope for them for a secure and sucessful future. At New Hope Center, these young people received basic training that will give them a chance for a better life, as well as the instruments and equipment they need to begin their work.

At the end of our time together, Kiril and Dima from our Professional Training Center cooking course prepared a delicious dinner for us with their teacher, Olya. This gives our students the opportunity to use what they’re learning to bless other and share their talents and experience.

We had the honor of hosting pastor Yakov Brinza from Revival Church, who is a successful businessman and a representative from our Board of Directors. He encouraged the graduates to always be themselves, to be consistent and persevere at work, and to be grateful people.

We didn’t say goodbye after dinner, because we still have one more month of work with this class – their internship – and we hope many years of close friendship ahead!



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