Last week, staff, guardians and survivors joyfully celebrated together as 50 children graduated the Community Care Program in one of Destiny Rescue’s Pilot Projects in East Africa. Destiny Rescue is an organisation whose rescue work in Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines Child Rescue helps fund; we want to share the stories of hope their rescue work is bringing all over the world.
They shared a graduation processional and time of singing together, and a few survivors boldly took the microphone to share their testimony during the graduation ceremony.
The older teens have pursued vocational training courses and the younger children are in traditional school while their guardians run small businesses to support their education after learning skills to do so through Destiny Rescue’s economic empowerment program.
We thank God it was a success, the day was wonderful,” a caseworker said after the event.
Even the smallest moments during the graduation held a special meaning for everyone in attendance. Each child had his or her moment to shine as they proudly wore their cap and gown while posing for a photo alongside their certificate.
The day represented significant effort and change in each child’s life. The laughter and openness shared together on their graduation day stood in stark contrast to the downcast eyes and sullen answers given in class on their first day.
The room was filled with 50 happy, safe kids. That alone is a victory worth celebrating.
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Child Rescue Charitable Trust and Child Rescue Charitable Aid Trust are registered New Zealand charities. Separate returns for each charity are filed each year with Charities Services which is a NZ Government organisation under the Department of Internal Affairs.
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