The Joy of Graduation
I recently returned from India, and my heart is full after seeing so many lives transformed as a result of our Good Shepherd Schools, and women’s training centres.
It was an emotional visit to NDG School for me. The village is about a three-hour drive from the city of Hyderabad—the people of this area are poor agricultural labourers and rock quarry workers. Everything is manual labour under the hot Indian sun. This poor and marginalized community wishes for more for their children, but they have no way of breaking their poverty, caste discrimination, or hopelessness.
Leslie and Darrell Gladman, who serve as board members, also came with me on this visit. We celebrated alongside the first graduating Grade 10 class. It was a very exciting day! I could hardly believe that some of the students walking across the stage to receive their certificates were the same children I met when they were only five or six years old.
It was so evident that the schools have shaped who these children are today, and where they will go in the future. I cannot begin to express my gratitude to you, our Canadian partners, for sponsoring these children and providing funding for the classrooms. My thanks to you for reaching out to low-caste children in India, and for your support over the summer.
With a grateful heart,
Executive Director, Dalit Freedom Network Canada