Thursday, June 28, 2012

Ellen Palmer's speech at the MB4 graduation

It is my honour to stand here on behalf of the group as a speaker in this graduation ceremony this afternoon. Today we have gathered to celebrate our graduation. It is indeed a momentous event that reflects our achievement because it marks the ending of a whole era in our lives. The ten weeks of excitement and life skills were very special because they equipped us to become purposefulness individuals. Without this successful initiative we would be somebody different in our homes and communities.

Now I would like to express our utmost gratitude to all sponsors, organisations and private persons who stood up tall to support us in one way or the other. Especially I would like to convey our great thanks to the Solomon Islands Government through the Ministry of Women, Youth and Children’s Affairs; and the New Zealand Government through your aid programs.

We really applaud your fine assistance. Today we are often constrained to our own domestic affairs. We think of our own future, with hope at times, but when we are in trouble we suffer much, much more. We have to fight for our everyday needs but we have few resources to struggle against the extreme poverty.

The most unprotected circle of Solomon Islanders is children and women. It frightens us to see children suffer. So when we were offered the opportunity to participate in Sistas Savve, we came to know what was required of us. As women.

Thank you very much. God bless.

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