Mekanissa – Jomo: 1st July 2017 was indeed a memorable day in the history of Bosco Children as they had the graduation of more than 63 of their students who included both boarders and also the externals. The program began at 9 am and saw the participation of many invited guests and well-wishers of Bosco Children.
Among the invited guests there was Fr. Estifanos Gebremeskel, the Provincial, Brother Cesare Bullo the PDO Director, Abba Mario the Economer and many others. During the graduation ceremony Abba Yohannes the Rector of the house, gave a briefing about the Bosco Children Project. From its foundation in 2002, the institute has been offering training in various skills like Automotive, Bamboo, Woodwork, Metal work, Kitchen and Hotel, Leather etc. In the span of last 16 years 188 children have joined the orientation program, professioanal and psychological counselling has been offered to more than 85 child prisoners, 15 students have got informal academic education, 76 students have received informal academic education, 160 children have been reintegrated into the family and the society and every year more than 88 children reside at the center. More than all other years, this year has been a special one, as three children of the group who joined the center in 2004 are graduated in different universities. Kindale Kassa:- degree in political science from Addis Ababa University, Getu Bogale:- degree in Health officer from Addis Ababa University, Yidnekachew Habtamu:- degree in computer science from Bule-Hora University. In his felicitating speech, Abba Yohannes reminded the young graduates that the graduation was only a turning point, a point in which they conclude one aspect (the intellectual aspect) of their life journey and start another phase of their life, it is the beginning of change in life. The ceremony ended with a note of thanks from the young graduates, thanking Don Bosco for all that has been accomplished in their lives.