The Duchity Vocational Training Center is up and running! Classes are under way but, of course, construction and development continues. VHP board member Kimball Butler is in Duchity and yesterday filed this first hand look at the program in operation:
All is well albeit a little too cool for my liking. Weather has been cooperating except today- downpours on and off with small breaks in between. We did manage to get in a rock-carrying brigade with several local kids, youth and adults. Moving a large pile from the back 40 to just inside the wall. These rocks are Heavy! Anouse, Despagne, Jode and Jean Fenel are amazingly strong men- I can attest to this by seeing the size rocks hey were able to heft and carry!
Rocks are for the foundation of the space/shelter Bos Fritzner is creating for the welders to work. They have been working in a large tent but the tent is needed for the English class which is very large. The welders are still making desk chairs as well as doing side jobs for people in the community needing repairs of various things.
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Caitlin has been doing a great job teaching English classes but she is leaving with us on Wednesday, and so Despagne hired a teacher to come- he arrives tomorrow. He hopes to find volunteers to teach (at least a one month commitment). He, Fenel and I discussed what he needs and how it would work so, I'll put together an appeal when I get home.
I can't begin to express how incredibly impressed and proud of Despagne - and of course also with VHP - with how things are going with the school; you really have to see this to comprehend what is happening, and how it is all coming together! Certainly there are still many many needs, but it is clearly already a huge success. The energy here is full of life and everyone seems very motivated to work to get things done.
There are over 200 enrollments. Some students are enrolled in more than one class, so I don't yet have the actual student number. There are seven different classes: English, Computer, Agriculture, Construction, Plumbing, Tile, Welding. Age ranges from teenager to 60+. At least 30 women.
All I can say is WOW! Lots more to say, but the minutes on this are low and someone else needs to use the internet.....
Hope you are all well.