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. 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.
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!