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International Organization Extends Reach to Local Orphans
By Shantique Longley
Jul 26, 2018 - 2:34:17 PM

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Standing left to right: Y4O Team Member, Angela Parzile; YFO Board Member and Treasurer, Tom Tippett; BTVI Dean of Construction Trades, Alexander Darville; Y4O Team Member, Matt Pawlynshyn and YFO Team Member, Lance Burkhardt. Sitting left to right: Y4O Creative Director, Sage Boysen; BTVI President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson and YFO Founder and CEO, Terry Hand.

A team from Youth 4 Orphans (Y4O) recently visited the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) along with children from the Ranfurly Homes for Children and the Elizabeth Estates Children's Home.

The children were given a tour of BTVI to discover the treasures that lie within its gates. Among the children were aspiring Cosmetologists, Nail Technicians, Auto Mechanics and Software Engineers.

The visit was to introduce those preparing to leave the home to a world of possibilities where they can learn a trade then earn a living. This will give them better options and a strong skill set once they turn 18.

In fall 2018, five former residents of the Ranfurly Homes for Children became recipients of the Kirk-Ranfurly scholarship fund, which aids transitioning or former students of the safe haven to attend BTVI.

The brainchild of BTVI’s president, Dr. Robert W. Robertson, the fund is spearheaded by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk – where current residents worship – with the assistance of corporate Bahamas.

Meanwhile, Y4O is an international organization that partners with orphanages to help ensure a safe environment for the children by helping provide basic needs and mentorship. Though this is only their second year in Nassau with the Ranfurly Homes for Children and Elizabeth Estates Children's Home, they have been assisting the Old Bight Mission Home (Cat Island) and the entire Cat Island community for the past nine years.

Aspiring Nail Technician shares her interests with Y4O team member, Angela Parzile.

Young males get a quick hands-on lesson in electrical installation.

BTVI Dean of Construction Trades, Alexander Darville, speaks to the children about all the careers available through BTVI studies.

BTVI President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson, sharing words with two young men.

Young girls look on with interest as fashion student sews garment.

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