Mustard Seed Academy Graduates Pioneer Class....
Members of the 2012 Primary 7 "Leavers" class, the first to graduate from Mustard Seed Academy.
Twenty-four students completing Primary 7 moved to the stage of Mustard Seed Academy's new Campus Life Center to be blessed by a team of religious leaders from Catholic, Protestant and Muslim faiths. In what was a remarkable coming together of the community in thanksgiving, joy and celebration, students, parents, PTA leaders and staff members of Mustard Seed were joined by five American visitors to send off the "Leavers" (graduates) to their national examination. The exam, given to all P-7 students, largely determines their options for further education. (Scores are expected in January 2013.)
The students at MSA are from extremely poor backgrounds; many are orphans and all are vulnerable children-- that is, without the education and comprehensive care at MSA, they would lack consistent access to basic life needs like food, shelter and medical care. Having overcome hardships like the loss of parents, exploitation, and malnutrition, members of this class have persisted to reach a significant milestone and to prepare themselves to continue in school. Some have HIV from infected mothers, others have special needs--physical and emotional, and still others have no family at all, living instead in Rapha's House, the new home for orphans and homeless students (see article...or find link on the Home page). In the midst of these challenges the P-7's have grown to be confident, polite, and enthusiastic students who are the best English-speakers of their age in town. We love to sit and talk with them.
Most will be attending Mustard Seed Academy High School that will open its doors in February 2013. Enjoy the photos of their celebration, and learn about how you might support one of them in secondary school. You can help these children help themselves and start a special friendship. Click here to donate....
Left: Hajjarah and Ponsiano are both good students graduating from Primary 7 who need sponsors to attend secondary school.
The Blessing and Celebration for Primary 7 Graduates....
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