Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
  ~ about hope and faith

Uganda School Project

By Robin

Hi dear Ones,

I pray that 2017 is off to a steady and smooth beginning for you and yours. Thank you so much for your kind giving to our kids.

Well sorry I am a bit late getting this update to you. The main thing that’s been taking our time, apart from starting the year in our school, is helping all our kids who have graduated have all their school fees, transported to their schools and all their living taken care of. They are now up to the 4th year in secondary, and are doing so well. We’re now supporting 31 of them fully—including their living expenses. That’s no small miracle, because it’s in addition to the 232 at home at our school in the bush. But that reality is because God and you … care!

Thank you!!! This is such a team effort The kids are giving it their best shot, we have great teachers. District inspectors and officials are really rooting for us since it’s so unusual to have a school in the bush with disadvantaged kids doing so well. It’s possibly the case in most parts of the world, except Scandinavia, where education is for the wealthy—but in Uganda, it’s become extreme. If you’re born into poverty you are pretty much already condemned to stay in a life of endemic poverty. So you can see the fruit of your caring by the looks in the eyes of these young people!

We’re just beginning something several of you have asked for – it’s to be in touch with one of our young ones. We’ll start it a bit small as I don’t want it to grow into a logistical challenge. I’ve put the names and photos of the first 8 and these are all in secondary school. They are great kids, they have a great future and they’ve proven to be real fighters. I’ll try to make different sheets like this and will send them to you over the next while. If you feel you’d like to be in touch with one of these kids, it’d be a really interesting thing for them. They aren’t at all used to communicating in personal ways, so this will be good for them. If you don’t mind, it’d probably be most helpful to dwell on the positive rather than their past. For one instance, we did a short video clip of one of our abandoned boys Ocen. He’s brilliant and wants to go into medicine. He was asked about his background and he told a really rosy picture of his mom and dad. Reality is he’s hardly met his dad and he absolutely will have nothing to do with his son. His mom has a large number of kids from 5 men, and she really doesn’t care a bit about Ocen either. But if you ask him, he’ll always speak positively which is his way of surviving. So not delving into the difficult parts of their lives and emphasizing the positive, finding out about their daily lives or talking about what you do and all will be so helpful and interesting!

We’d like to ask that no personal money or even gifts be sent to any because we have 232 and we really believe in fairness. They have grown in an extremely unfair world and they have drawn the short straw time after time, so we like to share anything we get with all, which I’m sure you’d understand.

We know of friendships that have grown over the years to become life-long connections, a bit like the one in the video clip in the accompanying newsletter between the Swedish donor and her Kenyan student. This is a fun next step and I’ll try to add more kids before long.

This photo is of some fantastic story books we just received in a little box from Taiwan from Bev and Stuart. It’s going to really enhance our kids’ library and understanding of the world. These types of stories where it emphasizes people caring for others are essential. So many times our young students have been treated so badly or have seen so much hate, this is the exact type of thing that brings about the transformation and character and love of God we are aiming for. It’s clearly working and I hope we can get a video together for you soon to hear them yourselves!

Thank you so much for everything and we pray you have a fantastic March!

Always,
Robin for us all