Photos from the Ben Nevis walk

It was a gorgeous sunny day and Ben Nevis appeared to have a smattering of cloud as we approached Fort William.

It was really warm climbing out of Glen Nevis

In this picture, can you see other walkers far below?

At the summit we had not just mist but fog, with a steady damp breeze – you really needed your wet weather gear.

Our dog Ollie was our star of the day – not forgetting some Amputees who were walking just behind us up the mountain – incredible!

A long descent – quite a relief but it does take its toll on the knees!

Eventually the mist clears and you can see the valley once more.

Really tired but happy to have achieved the summit!  Donations kept on trickling in even after we reached home, which has been so encouraging.

Driving back to the campsite, this view of the evening sun was a real tonic.

And dear Ollie finally showed that he was tired too!

Thanks again everyone for your amazing support – thanks to you we raised just over £3,000 before Giftaid. 🙂

A Walk up Ben Nevis for Komakech and others

Gill and Nigel (and Ollie the dog!) are walking up Ben Nevis this September for South Sudanese Refugees sponsored by AREP who are studying in Uganda.  Komakech Joseph is now in Year 13 at Seeta High School.  He is due to take his A Level Exams in Chemistry, Biology and Maths this November.  His dream is to become a doctor.  He is the only one in his family to go to school.  The others in his family are in Palabek Refugee Camp, having fled there last year from their home town of Pajok.  Scovia and Lovemore, two other sponsored A Level students are in Year 12.  The money we raise will be used for school fees for students we sponsor who don’t yet have full funding for this September term.

Please sponsor us.  Use this link: https://www.give.net/bennevis2018

Thank-you so much!

Refugee Week Post Number 3

Will this hug mean anything? Riek Machar and Salvar Kiir met yesterday in Addis Ababa for the first time in 2 years. These two key leaders of South Sudan know they must be reconciled in order to bring an end to the devastating civil war which has soaked the region in blood and despair. “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.” Matthew 5:9 (The Mesage translation). I for one am praying that this awkward hug comes to mean something profound.

https://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/news/hug-shakes-fever-reaches-south-sudan-arch-rivals-meet-video/

Refugee Week 2018 – Post 1

This week is Refugee Week in the UK. So I thought I’d post a few updates. Firstly Gill and Kevin, two of our students who, sadly, are missing out on school in 2018 through lack of funds. We have 260 people who like our Facebook page, and 70 people who donate money regularly to AREP.  If we could only mobilise more of our supporters to donate monthly, then young refugees like Gill and Kevin could return to get the education they need.

Empowerment – making clothes at Kiryandongo

Empowerment: Esther now makes and sells childrens’ clothes using skills she gained through AREP sponsorship.

Increasingly within AREP, we are looking for effective ways for people to become self-supporting.  Starting a small business making and selling clothes is one great way.  Please get in touch if you would like to know more about Esther’s business.  She is looking for investors!

 

Good news for two students starting A levels

Some brilliant news in the past few days.  Two of our students will be starting their A Levels at Seeta High School Kampala later this month, this after a generous supporter offered to match-fund and underwrite their A-Level costs!

Lovemore and Scovia are preparing now for the start of term.

A particular thank-you to Great Sankey High School Science Department for their partnership in helping to sponsor Lovemore over many years, and to other teachers at Great Sankey and elsewhere who have been helping to sponsor Scovia.