In mid-August, our Dominican students celebrated an important milestone: graduation day. Surrounded by friends, family, and mentors, 35 graduates celebrated overcoming the odds to receive their high school diploma. This is no small task, as the national secondary school graduation rate is just 35 percent.
We are so incredibly proud of these students, not only for all that they’ve accomplished, but for the people they’ve become–intelligent, compassionate, and capable men and women who desire to make a difference in their communities because of Christ’s love.
Here’s what three of our outstanding students had to say about their time at the VisionTrust Learning Centers:
“The impact I have received from the school is that I have been taught there to live for God and love others. The path of the Lord. God is my everything. He’s the one who gives me the strength to keep moving, He is the one who has taught me to want to live. In the future I can see myself as a professional helping others the same way I have been helped.”
-Nicole, Dominican Republic Graduate 2017
“They always talked about how we should live for God and love others. It planted the seed in me and thank God my parents and I are Christian now. God is everything to me. He is the strength that moves me in life. I see myself as a professional helping my family and everyone I can help.”
-Gissele, Dominican Republic Graduate 2017
“God is everything to me. He’s my hero. I see myself in the future helping others and preaching the Gospel, being a good professional and loving my neighbors as I’ve been taught. I was encouraged [at the Learning Center] because they always preached to us about the love of Jesus towards us and four years ago, I decided to accept the Lord as my only Savior.”
-Yelissa , Dominican Republic Graduate 2017
Join us in praising God for these young people’s great achievement, for our Local Heroes’ support throughout the years, and for our partners who made this dream a reality.