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.
Construction of a simple home in Kiryandongo. Our Shalom Missional Community group at St Helens Parish Church has raised and sent some funds to help complete the 2-room structure. This will give two of our AREP-sponsored students enough space to have somewhere to sleep.
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: 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!
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.
Scovia is currently waiting for S4 exam results. She is in her school basketball team and they have enjoyed good success. Here she is pictured with Benjamin our Kampala co-ordinator. We are urgently looking to raise more support so that she can study A levels. Please go to our donation page thankyou.
This graphic shows the location of Palabek and Kiryandongo camps, together with the average solar radiation in Uganda