6th Graduation Day in VRO-Pondy Women Development Centre
Graduation Day in VRO-Pondy Women Development Centre: The graduation ceremony of 6th Batch of 23 tailoring students at VRO-Pondy Women Development Centre was presided over by Dr. Sebasti L.Raj SJ, Provincial of Jesuit Madurai Province on 27th September 2014. During the interaction with new and the former graduates Fr.Provincial said: “ I want every one of you to be happy, prosperous and healthy. Learning and mastery of skill must bring a little change in your life. You must make use of this skill to improve the income of your family.” The outgoing students thanked Fr. Provincial for his inspiring message and for the help through this centre. The students exhibited their skills and talents through cultural programmes. Then Fr. Provincial distributed prizes for the winners of various competitions. He also distributed course completion certificates and Tailoring machines to the new graduates. We are very grateful to Fr Provincial for his inspiring presence. On behalf of Fr. Provincial and Chennai Mission Superior we profusely thank VRO officials and our beloved Donors- Mrs. Mary & Turgay and Elmar & Conny for their unrelenting support to run the programme.
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Dominic Jayakumar SJ
A report on the 5th graduation day held on April 05th 2014 at Mother Teresa tailoring institute, Pondicherry
“These six months were the rarest of rare opportunity in our life. We learnt here not only tailoring skill but we learnt life. For most of us it was the first occasion to move out of our house and to meet others. We would ever remain grateful to for the staff of mother Teresa tailoring Institute – Mrs.Motcharani & Mrs. Rani for imparting skill. We remain grateful for all the benefactors who gift us with tailoring machines. Surely we could eke out our living through the acquired skills- tailoring, embroidering and handicrafts and augment our life sustenance a little more. I plead this programme continuous many more years so that many more women may benefit.” These were the words of gratitude of Mrs. Rajarajeswari- one of the students, who was filled with tears while proposing vote of thanks during the 5th graduation day held on April 05th 2014 at Mother Teresa tailoring institute, Pondicherry.
The graduation day was presided over by Fr.Jabamalai raja SJ, Chennai mission superior. He exhorted the graduates through songs and anecdotes to assert women’s rights and to play a catalytic role in creating a just and equitable society. Fr.Maria joe SJ, Chennai mission treasurer who played key role in the growth of the institute said that he is very happy to know the acquired life skills along with tailoring skills empower them to face life with courage and confidence. Fr. Masillamani SJ, the guest of honor appreciating this effort recounted how such small initiatives can light a lamp of hope and confidence in the lives of women.
The graduates exhibited their histrionic talents through songs, dance and drama. The audience- the families of the past students and the next batch of students were filled with awe and wonder as to know what transformed these women into more confident, cheerful and skillful persons. All the graduates praised in unison and blessed the benefactors and their pivotal role behind the scene in running the institute.
Dominic Jayakumar SJ