Graduation ceremony at Chin life skill training center- New Delhi
29 January 2018

Students of the Chin life skill training center in Delhi posing with their certificates during the graduation day ceremony ( Nazi Sadiqi/JRS)

New Delhi, 16 December 2017: Mawi, one of the advanced tailoring students mentions of how happy and grateful she is to Jesuit Refugee Service for the opportunity to learn many new things at the Chin Life Skill Training center such as designing clothes, using a sewing machine, embroidery etc. She is very confident in her ability to stitch clothes for her friends and family.

On 16 December 2017, this year’s Graduation Day Program of the students was organized at the Chin Center by JRS at Chanakya Place. Fr. Denzel Fernandez SJ, Director Indian Social Institute New Delhi,Sister Teresa Lawyer Supreme Court, Fr. Joy Karayampuram SJ, Superior, Indian Social Institute community and three scholars from Afghanistan were guest at the Graduation Day Program. The certificates were awarded to the advanced and basic tailoring students who have successfully completed their 6 months training at the center. This year there were 9 students who graduated in advanced tailoring, 14 in basic tailoring and 5 in embroidery.

Fr Denzel Fernandez, the Chief Guest for the program gave the Christmas message of how we need to respect each other and treat each other with dignity and wished all the students a happy Christmas and a very successful life ahead. A traditional Chin Bag was presented to him by the students of the center as a token of gratitude. Apart from tailoring classes, JRS Urban Refugee Project in Delhi also conducts Spoken English and Computer Classes. After the completion of their courses the students startup small entrepreneurial initiatives with their skills and abilities in stitching, embroidery and sell and market their products like shirt, blouses, bed sheets, pillow covers etc. among the members of their community, friends and relatives and also abroad thereby inspire and encourage women from their community to do the same.

This year the students from the computer class and spoken English class also joined in the graduation day program. There were many interesting performances by the students from the center which included Christmas songs in English and Mizo language. A few students like Ms. Alice shared how important it was to learn English so that she could speak the language with confidence and how it helped her to find a job in Delhi. Fr Denzel handed over the sewing machines to all the students who successfully graduated in the advanced tailoring course. Ms. Steffi Ebnett, Project Director presented the annual report and explained about the activities that were held throughout the year and the new initiatives planned for the year 2018.The guest and the staff together sang a medley of Christmas carols to bring in the festive spirit among all those gathered for the program.

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