This post is written by our National Director of the Dominican Republic, Nelson.
Time to celebrate!
The date August 17th will be forever in the memory of many of the families in Herrera, the staff of Tatiana School and VisionTrust in the Dominican Republic. This was a day to celebrate big! And this is the reason.
In my beautiful country, after all the advances that we have experience in the last 20 or 30 years, still there are many injustices and inequalities. Just to give you an example, only 19% of the youth in my country complete high school education. The number of young people between the ages of 15 and 26 years old that don’t study and don’t work is close to 60% and about 80% of those already have children, most of them single parents, their first child arrived when they were between 14 and 16 years of age.
In VisionTrust we are hoping day in and day out to break what we’ve determine to be the cycle of poverty, where generations after generations of children are born in poor environments without education, health, food, care and sadly lead to a life away from Jesus.
Saturday August 17th, a total of seventeen young girls and boys became part of that small percent that finish high school and they did it at our main center, the school Tia Tatiana, Glory to God! This is the 4th graduation since the foundation of the school. 6 young men and 11 young ladies crossed the line and are just days away from entering college and finding ways for a life away from the cycle of poverty. Praise be the Lord! We are so happy!!
When we think about all the circumstances that are common for these people living in Herrera, the extreme of their condition, the environment, and all they had to fight against…let me give you just another example, as we were celebrating the graduation, many hundreds of other young people, the same ages or younger than the graduates were in a corner with loud music, getting drunk, or using drugs, many of the young ladies with very provocative clothing, and I will leave to your imagination the rest. Meanwhile, a group of 17 were presented just a few meters away as winners over all the circumstances. The constant praises to the Lord from the students as they speak to give thanks, the principal, the teachers and the families that were present, are also a clear demonstration that the school not only provided education, some food, medicine, a clean place, but it is also a place where the word of God is exposed freely and constantly and has deep roots in the graduates too. There is a beautiful future ahead of them and their families to come!
May our God and Lord Jesus be praised for this great success. Please pray with us for opportunities to help some of them to go to college soon!
Blessings from the Dominican Republic,
Pablo Paulino (Nelson)