The brilliant brainchild of Emily Chhen and Lala Truong!
The day finally arrived for our Beautiful Senhoa Blossoms to fully bloom and graduate from the FIRST Senhoa Jewelry Life Skills Program!
It was a whirlwind event of organizing for our wonderful volunteer Office Manager, Emily Chhen and the NMSI team, Jenni, Kristy, Hannah, Kristen, Britney, Britney Sue, and Adam. In an impressive team effort, everyone orchestrated an elaborate half-day event for the Graduates of Senhoa.
Kristy with the abundance of gifts for the graduates
Britney and Kristy
Held in the Gallery of 1961, on July 14th, the girls excitedly filed in dressed in their Sunday best, all wearing earrings they had personally designed and made for the occasion. The girls all beamed with anticipation upon receiving their well-deserved certificates.
1961 packed with graduate and attendees
Receiving a hard earned certificate and fully bloomed Lotus Flower
The graduates all received individualized certificates and were recognized for their personal strengths. They also received intricately folded bloomed origami lotus flowers to symbolize their achievement. We applauded with elation when one of the girls shouted out; ‘Oh! I know why we’re getting these flowers! When we started we were given Lotus Buds…and now that we’re finished we have bloomed flowers…like how WE are now!’
Lisa signing the individual Certificates of Achievement
Basket of Lotus Flowers
For students who have never achieved anything freely before, this was a momentous occasion in their lives. They would have felt blessed to have that day…but it was really Senhoa that is blessed to have the girls.
To further mark the significance of the day, we had VIP guests all the way from the United States to be present for the ceremony; Lisa T.D. Nguyen, Executive Director of Senhoa; Duc Antoine Nguyen, Assistant Director and Editor of Asia Entertainment, Truc Ho, CEO of SBTN- the first Vietnamese cable TV network; his elegant wife Quyen; and their lovely children Lala and Lybach.
Quyen saying a few words to the graduates
Our lovely Outreach worker with Quyen
Executive Director, Lisa, describing the significance behind the name ‘Senhoa’
Congratulations Graduates of Senhoa 2011! You have marked our FIRST completion of the Senhoa Jewelry Life Skills program…with, of course, many more to come.
With a doff of the hat,