Today was the day that the Miqlat Primary School Thuchila was dedicated. Our team arrived at the center and were greeted by a bunch of beautiful women from the community all dressed up and dancing and singing. After a time we had the privilege of stuffing the backpacks that FOPC members generously donated with notebooks and pens.
Meanwhile the community was gathering in the field next to the school. There were big speakers blaring music with people dancing. Before the "official"'program even started there were various church and community groups dancing and singing. Very entertaining!
One the district education manager (DEM) arrived, the actual program began with he and Pastor Kirk cutting the ribbon and unveiling the dedication plaque. After that there was a tour of the school followed by many speeches, dances, a key presentation, a symbolic giving of backpacks and more speeches.
The first student from Thuchila to graduate from post secondary school training was presented a sewing machine as she just completed a tailoring program. She gave a beautiful speech about how Miqlat had taken her from a place of hopelessness to success.
The event closed with over an hour of dancing. From very young to not young at all people had so much energy and joy. All in all a very beautiful day.
Dinner tonight was spent with a couple from the U.K. who are doing ministry with village pastors and some of the older students at both Hope Centers. Tomorrow we will go with them to Kogoya where Pastor Kirk will lead a one day seminar. There will be some festivities out there also and we hear we might get to paint some chalkboards. Looking forward to another adventure.