Welcoming family and friends!
As always, it is a pleasure sending CAPTA's reports. This program is really making a difference in the lives of panamanian women, most of them from the impoverished and violent areas surrounding the Historic District.
As I told you in the last report, we were wishing for the 18 women enrolled in the 5th course to finish it and graduate. Due to their background, and the fact that all of them were raised without a positive role model to teach them discipline and responsability, the commitment and focus to finish the course and graduate is always a challenge for every one of them. But they did it! They found the energy inside themselves and put the best of them to excel in the supervised practice during the vocational training, and for the first time, half of them had a first job offer even before graduating!
I am sharing with you photos of some of the ceremony highlights. One of the moments that always touches me deeply is when they enter the auditorium and dance in the stage. But is not any dance. Is one full of positivism, attitude and confidence in themselves. These 18 women flowing in the stage, some weeks ago were not able to stand up and talk in front of a teacher...and there they were: shinning!
The American Ambassador Phyllis Powers attended the ceremony. We are proudly recipients of the Carsi Grant given through American Embassy to continue our mission, because they believe in what we do. Like you also did, dear friend. Without our donors, CAPTA wouldn't exist!
On behalf of every member of Calicanto team, that has worked so hard and gone through ups and downs to get to this beautiful moment: Thank You!! As I told the women, when I saw them in the stage with a smile illuminating their faces: every minute of our daily work makes all the sense in the world!
Hands up in the air!
V Capta 2011.
With American Ambassador Phyllis Powers.