As of 31st March 2020 we are no longer a UK-registered charity. This is because we are winding down our operations in Uganda. We now have two continuing bank accounts, one for Uganda and one for Kenya.
Our existing African Education Fund bank account will be closing at the end of April 2020.
Meanwhile you can set up your own monthly standing order or do an online Bank Transfer to the Uganda Projects account: Sort Code 77-32-20 [Lloyds Bank] A/C No 54312763
Our existing Kibera Fund bank account will continue for Wachira Maina’s work in Kenya.
You can set up your own monthly standing order or do an online Bank Transfer to Kibera Fund: Sort Code 30-62-59 [Lloyds Bank] A/C No 16692968
Praying with Nighty in Palabek camp
Last month I was able to visit Palabek camp in Northern Uganda. It was great to meet Nighty, mum of Komakech who had just completed his A Levels in Kampala. Nighty is partially sighted. She can see a tiny bit out of one eye. I asked her if she could see me and she said, “You look like a tree.” I asked if I could hold her hands and pray with her and she said yes. Then Benja took this photo. The crushed maize she was giving to her little toddler Okan Marcello. He was born in the bush in April 2017 as Nighty was running with her family from her home town of Pajok in South Sudan after it was attacked by troops wearing Government uniforms. I told her story to our church last Sunday in St Helens and said that Nighty needed to see an eye doctor to find out if anything could be done to save her sight. People have been generous in donations so there is enough money to get her and a companion to Kampala to have an appointment with an eye specialist. The goal at this stage is simply to see if Nighty can be prevented from going blind and if anything can be done to give her more sight.
It was great to meet up with Komakech as he was doing his last few papers of Senior 6.
Now the eager wait for exam results! And the search for funding for the next stage of education, since AREP has reached its limit with S6.
Almost there – last few days of S6
Nigel and Komakech
Gill and Nigel and Ollie the dog reached the top of Ben Nevis on Sept 8th. Thanks to your generosity we have raised over £2,700 for AREP (plus Giftaid).
The weather was great for most of the walk, but foggy at the top!
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 No.5 This young man, my namesake, has experienced quite a winding journey in the last couple of years. But the latest picture sees him working as DJ Platonic in Juba, capital of South Sudan. Thanks for sponsoring him in the early days Form 9W at Great Sankey.
Refugee Week post No. 4. What a difference 12 years makes! One of our sponsored students has now reached half way through Senior 5 or Year 12. A big thank-you to past and present members of Great Sankey High School Science department for your continuing monthly support.
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.