We, at Convent of Jesus and Mary Girls' High School, Vadodara organised a felicitation programme in honour of Mr. Harold D'Souza an ex-student of the 1980 batch on the 9th February 2016.
Mr. Harold D'Souza is an Indian American activist who was appointed by the then President of U.S.A., Mr. Barack Obama, to the Advisory Council against Slavery.
It was a moment of pride and honour when Mr. Harold D'Souza shared his long, torturous and painful struggle about his experience with slavery and attributed his sense of courage and strength to fight during this journey, to the values gifted to him by the school and his teachers.
All his former teachers, Mrs. Anna Lobo, Mrs. E. Francis, Ms. Amy Fernandes, Mrs. V. Mathew, Mrs. Nilima Varghese, the P.T.A. members, Sisters of the Community and his classmate, Cheryl Francis were present for the function.
Fr. Dr. Lancy Lobo and Fr. Jeetu D'Monte were also present. Fr. Dr. Lancy Lobo shared his views about slavery and congratulated Mr. Harold D'Souza for his heroic fight against bonded labour.
Ms. Cheryl shared her school experiences with Mr. Harold D'Souza as her classmate and Mrs. Francis spoke of him being a shy student.
Our Provicial Superior Sr. Magdalene presented a shawl, Manager, Sr. Tara presented a Memento and our Principal Sr. Nirmala gifted him with a sapling.
It was a memorable event which promoted inspiratlional thoughts to the students on the real life, gruesome experiences shared by Mr. Harold D'Souza.