The students that attended the skills programme at the Cape Flats Development Association (Cafda) centre in Philippi graduated on Friday 8 November.Cafda provides much-needed support to individuals from less privileged backgrounds. “Cafda provides opportunities to people to gain qualifications that can allow them to earn a living. “For a couple of years now, Muslim Hands in Rylands Estate, Athlone, has been sponsoring individuals to gain skills training and development with Cafda. This year, Muslim Hands provided full sponsorships to 40 students, who attained qualifications in plumbing, electrical and welding,” says Aisha Adam, spokesperson for Muslim Hands.On Friday, the students graduated, attaining qualifications that can change their lives. The training provides them with a means to start afresh, get employed, earn a living, and support their families. They all thanked the organisation for making this possible. Sheikh Haashim Peck, programmes manager for Muslim Hands, said they are happy to be part of the project. “It gives a sense of satisfaction to know that Muslim Hands has an involvement towards the development of individuals who want to make a positive difference for themselves,” he says. Dignitaries present at the event included president and first deputy president of the MJC, Sheikh Erefaan Abrahams and Moulana Abdul Khaliq Allie. Taj Aklekar, senior board member of Cafda was also present and thanked Muslim Hands for reaching out to the students and choosing Cafda as a partner.