This past July 4th, we held a graduation ceremony for our Becky DeWine school's first graudating class of 129 students.
Without the dedicated efforts of Fran and Mike DeWine and our DeWine family of donors, we would not be able to share this good news. Both were present at the ceremony and Attorney General Dewine gave the closing address.
The ceremony was presented by Bishop Mesidor WaWa (Diocese of Fort-Liberte) and contributions were provided Bishop Yves Marie Peon (Diocese of Gonaives).
Fr. Tom Hagan, president of Hands Together, delivered a message to the graduates and parents discussing the great mile stone these children have achieved and reminded the gradutes of the fundamental belief that they are truly loved by God.
Doug Campbell, executive director, spoke about the long journey and many challenges he has faced with this class:
"From the creation of the school to surviving the earthquake, hurricanes, cholera outbreaks, and the everyday violence of Cite Soleil you have formed a community in God’s love."
Doug explained that the "time for receiving was coming to an end and the time for giving has begun." He has implored the graduates as they continue their successful journey that they always remember where they came from and the support and hope Hands Together has brought them, and reminded them they are always welcomed members of the Hands Together family.
Attorney General of Ohio Mike DeWine gave the closing address.