In Les Cayes, Haiti, Project Espwa recently held a graduation ceremony for its vocational school class of 2012. What an awesome sight to see these young men and women – who first came to the Cross Catholic Outreach supported Espwa Village as poor, hungry, ragged orphans and vulnerable children – now dressed in caps and gowns to proudly receive their diplomas in front of family and friends. These graduates are Haiti’s future, and they are equipped to rise to the challenge of overcoming poverty.
A true education is more than just a stepping-stone to employment. As Pope Benedict XVI wrote in his message for the celebration of the 2012 World Day of Peace:
Espwa vocational school graduates receiving their diplomas.
Education…means leading young people to move beyond themselves and introducing them to reality, towards a fullness that leads to growth…Today more than ever we need authentic witnesses, and not simply people who parcel out rules and facts; we need witnesses capable of seeing farther than others because their life is so much broader. A witness is someone who first lives the life that he proposes to others.
The students and children at Espwa are learning to do more than find jobs. They are receiving instruction from authentic witnesses of the faith and learning to become more like Christ.
May the Lord guide the hearts and minds of these new graduates.