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.
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.
An excellent piece on the BBC today on the resilience, initiative, and leadership shown by many refugees, especially women. The refugee camp mentioned, Adjumani, is an established one, it is 75 miles from the brand new camps at Palabek. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-39998759
Quick update following the Comedy Night on Saturday 10th June 2017.
After paying the comedian we’ve raised £536.40 for the 56 refugees at Palabek camp.
Massive thanks to Phil Beswick for doing a really great warm up, to Mark Palmer for such a brilliant main show and to everyone who supported on the night or sent donations. If anyone would still like to give, please use our donate page at http://arep4change.org/donate
We aim to send the money to Uganda in a few days time.