Two Portuguese student nurses are to have their tuition fees paid for by the congregation of St. Vincent’s Church.
Father Haynes Hubbard of the church presented cheques to Celso Manao, 18, from the Alentejo and Telma Cabrita, also 18, from Almancil, on November 21 to cover this year’s fees. They also received a certificate to confirm that the church council would honour their fees until their graduation in four years time.
The presentation, which took place at the nursing faculty of Faro University, was attended by the Dean of the University, Dr João Guerreiro, the President of the Directors Council, Prof Dr Nidia Braz and members of the council and congregation of St. Vincent’s Church.
After the presentation, the members of the faculty and the two students were guests of honour at a lunch at the Gambelas University restaurant.
Maxine Srivastava of St. Vincent’s Church told The Resident: “Sharing thoughts, hopes and dreams across a lunch was a good way to get to know the students and members of the University. “The Council of St. Vincent’s is delighted to honour two members of our host country by paying for their tuition fees in the honourable profession of nursing.”
Nurses from Portugal, under the terms of the new nursing agreement for Europe, will be able to work anywhere within the EU countries.
The library at the nursing faculty at Faro University is equipped with tuition books written in English.
Throughout each year, St. Vincent’s hold many fundraising events, fairs, gala jazz events, concerts, luncheons, grand draws and others.