18 Graduate from Hope Training Institute
The much-anticipated graduation ceremony for trainees of Hope Training Institute (HTI) took place on March 31, 2021 at the Ayawaso Campus of Village of Hope, where Hope Training Institute is located.
The majority of these precious young men and women were living on the streets up until 2017 when they came to HTI for shelter and skill training. Two of them are orphans who joined the Village of Hope family as children in our homes at Fetteh, went through formal education, and then transitioned into vocational skills training at HTI.
HTI graduating class of 2021
The pride on the faces of our graduating trainees was evident, even behind nose masks, as they made a procession and took their seats in view of invited guests, staff of HTI, leaders of Village of Hope, members of the HTI Board, continuing trainees of HTI, and, most importantly, their own relatives with whom they had been reconnected and reconciled during their time at HTI.
The event began with an exhibition of the trainees’ work in sewing, leatherworks, fine art and beadwork and then the audience settled down to listen to speeches from the Managing Director of HTI and the Chairman of the Board of HTI. The Village of Hope Leadership Team presented certificates to the trainees and then representatives of the HTI Board presented tools and equipment to each trainee based on their program of study. Three trainees who
excelled in the fine art enrichment program also received gifts of art supplies.
The Managing Director of HTI, Julliet Ofori-Amoah, addresses the audience
The Managing Director of HTI, Julliet Ofori-Amoah, had these words for the trainees:
‘It has been a terrific four-year-long journey, interspersed with happy moments, not-so-good ones and tensions, but as the saying goes “all is well that ends well.” It feels good to see the happiness that sparkles through your eyes and the smiles that dance in the corners of your mouths as you pass out of Hope Training Institute today. We have seen you all grow, over the years, and we must say with great enthusiasm how proud we are of you all. A hearty congratulations to you all; you deserve it. We are proud to call you all graduates.
Today marks an important day in your lives, yet the start of a new journey. Just like how fully-fledged birds are able to fly and soar even higher, we send you into your various communities as qualified artisans expecting you to excel in your chosen fields and propel yourselves to greater heights, having been prepared and equipped with timeless
skills and virtues. We charge you, on this day, to uphold the values and standards that have been inculcated in you over the years. As the saying goes: “tough times don’t last but tough people do.” Difficult times are bound to come but in the face of these, remember that determination, resilience and complete reliance on God will see you through.’
Mark Bekoe, Chairman of the HTI Board, spoke about saving lives and serving humanity through skill training. He reminded the trainees to be people of integrity as they ply their trade, in order to stand out from the rest. Fred Asare, Group Managing Director of Village of Hope, charged our 18 graduating trainees to be light, salt, water, shade and air to others like them as they go out to begin a new chapter of their lives. He also prayed for them. Before the ceremony ended, Patience Addy, a member of the graduating class, thanked everyone on behalf of her class. The event was streamed live and you can watch the video on the Village of Hope Facebook page.
Mrs. Araba Hammond, Chief of Staff, presents certificates to trainees
On the Sunday after graduation, staff of HTI joined the trainees for a special thanksgiving service during which the campus church presented special kente stoles with each trainee’s name woven into the fabric. Special prayers were said for the 18 graduating trainees.
Whenever you say a prayer, please remember to include Kwabena Alhassan, Isaac Kawuli, Michael Tegyi, Roger Abaah, Prince Appekey, Portia Asare, Margaret Tatsi, Patience Addy, Gabriel Leyi, Collins Appiah, Isaac Norvor, Mavis Tatsi, Gladys Aklamanu, Prince Teye, Gideon Obiri, Isaac Andoh, Emmanuel Okyere, and Emmanuel Akanbul.
More images from the Graduation ceremony below.
Mark Bekoe, Chairman of the HTI Board, addresses the audience
Friends and family of trainees present at the graduation ceremony
Products and artifacts made by HTI trainees
Graduating class with dignitaries present at the graduation ceremony.
Presentation of tools and equipment to graduating trainees