Graduation Day April '16

Yesterday, April 2nd, we had the pure joy of celebrating the accomplishments of 27 women and 2 men in our Clothed in Hope Skills Training Program. These students completed our curriculum in sewing and business training, preparing them to be entrepreneurs for the betterment of their families. 

Our graduation day was unique in that we graduated 3 special classes: our first group from Muchochoma Village, our partner group with House of Moses Orphanage/Christian Alliance for Orphans in Zambia working with vulnerable families at risk of losing their children, and our partner group from International Justice Mission who began their program as the Zambia office closed. 

Each of our students, these in particular, carry heavy stories, traumatic experiences, years of oppression. As one graduate, Ngoza, shared,

"I was born in poverty. People told me I would never escape poverty, but here I am with a skill. A skill that no one can take away from me. A skill that is able to feed my family and provide for us."

Thank you for changing the lives of 27 women and 2 men as they received certificates and diplomas at our April 2016 Graduation Ceremony. It was a celebration of joy in the midst of pain, of freedom in the face of oppression. 

If you're not already on board, we invite you to join us in this life-changing work by joining our HOPE Club. Your commitment of $25/month means education, empowerment, and opportunity for more vulnerable women in Zambia. You get to be a world changer, right where you are. 

 Ngoza, graduate from IJM partnership class

Ngoza, graduate from IJM partnership class

 Francis, graduate from House of Moses Orphanage partnership class

Francis, graduate from House of Moses Orphanage partnership class

 Elizabeth, graduate from Muchochoma Village class

Elizabeth, graduate from Muchochoma Village class

 In-Country Director Elina, Muchochoma Village Graduate Iledi, and Founder Amy

In-Country Director Elina, Muchochoma Village Graduate Iledi, and Founder Amy

 Grace, House of Moses graduate, so excited to receive her diploma

Grace, House of Moses graduate, so excited to receive her diploma

 House of Moses Orphanage/CACZ graduates with HOM + CiH Staff

House of Moses Orphanage/CACZ graduates with HOM + CiH Staff

 Muchochoma Village graduates gifting Amy with a Village chicken- a generous and honoring act!

Muchochoma Village graduates gifting Amy with a Village chicken- a generous and honoring act!

 Beautiful CiH Alum returning to support the current graduates

Beautiful CiH Alum returning to support the current graduates

It was such a joyous day! To view more photos, head here

And to join the HOPE Club to be a part of this goodness, click here.

With Chikondi (Love),
Amy