Rwandan Vedaste, 21, is grateful to God for the training he received that set him up for a successful path as a carpenter.
Vedaste graduated at the top of his class in carpentry in the first graduating class from the Nyaruguru Vocational Center, funded by U.S. donors.
“When I started at this school I was so grateful to God,” says Vedaste. “Every evening I praise Him in my evening prayers and tell Him how grateful I am. I used to pray only on Sunday. I still do that, but I now pray every night. I cannot forget what God has done for me.” Today he earns up to 3,000 Rwandan francs (U.S.$4.36) a day.
Vedaste’s opportunity to gain a skill is an answer to prayer. The young man grew up poor, with only a mother; his dad died when he was young. He has three brothers and two sisters—he’s the fourth of six.
“When Dad died, studying was difficult. I dropped out in Senior 3 (at age 15). I didn’t have anyone to support me. We were poor. I had to work in a tea factory. I couldn’t continue that life. When I dropped out, I spent a year in the tea factory. I worked on construction as a helper. Then a friend told me about the vocational training school. I came to meet the director.” The director was so impressed with Vedaste that he gave him a scholarship to meet his needs.
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