Graduation Ceremony of the Chin Refugees from JRS New Delhi

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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams

                                                                                                                 -Eleanor Roosevelt

New Delhi, 22nd June 2018: This year’s Graduation Day Program was organized by JRS at St Francis De Sales School, Janakpuri West. It was a matter of great pride for all the staff and students since it was the first time the graduation day program was held outside its usual location i.e. the JRS Life Skill Training Center, Chanakya Place. The guest for the program came for various institutions like Jindal Global University, Jesuit in Social Action (JESA), Indian Social Institution (ISI) , Secretary JEASA, and Socius-JCSA.

The certificates were awarded to the tailoring (basic and advanced), computer (basic and advanced) and beautician (basic) students who successfully completed their training at the center. This year there were 83 students in total who graduated in the above courses. The students had toiled tirelessly through unforgiving hardships living as Urban Refugees in New Delhi. They were now about to see their dreams of graduating come true. The jubilation, the smiles and tears of joy told it all. 

Pari, a 27-year old trainee, explains how the beautician course taught her many new skills of personal care which she would like to pass on to her daughter. She now plans to continue with the advanced course at the centre. In the future she intends to start a small beauty care salon at her home to cater to the needs of her fellow Chin Community women.

Jessica Field a professor with Jindal Global University gave the graduation day message of hope and confidence, encouraging the students to continue pursuing their dreams. The students and staff at the center organized a wide variety of cultural performances, which included different types of dancing and singing in English and their local language; Mizo. Many of the women were excited about performing on stage for the very first time in their lives.

Zuali, 43-year old basic tailoring teacher, explains how nervous and excited she was to come up on stage and sing in English along with her students. She was very proud of them and mentions who hard they all trained for the big day.

 Apart from tailoring classes, JRS Urban Refugee Project in Delhi also conducts Spoken English classes to help the students improve their communication skills.  After the completion of their courses the students startup small entrepreneurial initiatives with their skills and abilities in stitching, embroidery  and sell and market their products like shirt, blouses, bed sheets, pillow covers etc. among the members of their community, friends and relatives and also abroad thereby inspire and encourage women from their community to do the same.

This year the students and their family members joined in the graduation day program. Gabi, 23-year old computer class student shared his experience of how grateful he is to Jesuit Refugee Service for the opportunity to learn various computer skills which could help him find a job in the city. The program ended with lunch for all the staff and students who came dressed up in their traditional Chin costumes as they remembered refugee day that was on the 20th of June followed by group photographs of the students, staff and the guest.

                                                                                                                      -Steffi Ebnett