Emma and Simon Peter gain work experience, visiting Anton, collecting boys, Jackie arrives.

Dear friends,

This week Emma started a trial period working for a large welding business near Kampala and Simon Peter joined him for three weeks ‘internship’ before he returns back to college. All good experience and hopefully Emma will find employment at the end of this.

Monday afternoon Sam and I walked the rest of the boys to Jahazi pier for them to enjoy the swings and badminton – sadly we were informed they couldn’t play football which was a shame as the area is shady and there is plenty of grass. Monkeys are around and there are plenty of goats, cows and sheep grazing amongst the jack fruit trees laden with fruit all beside Lake Victoria – it is a really beautiful spot. Dennis, Haruna and Charles arrived back on Tuesday and in the afternoon Bob and Sam took the boys swimming.

“Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.” Hosea 10:12 NIV

Peace, Bob and I travelled to Masaka on Wednesday where we collected Brian who had been staying with relatives over Christmas we then travelled on to visit Anton who is settling in well. He has started digging the land but there has been little rain and the ground is dry. He took us to see the room he rents and he is well organised – has a bed, a small charcoal stove and all that is needed for cooking for himself and carrying water. Anton is only 16 (his older sister informed us his birthday is in March) we are so proud of the way he is working hard and looking after himself. We will visit again when Martin returns at the end of February. The following day we saw the Chief Probation Officer of the area and had the official papers stamped so that everyone is aware that Anton has been resettled. We then travelled to Mubende and collected Asaph – so a busy couple of days travelling.

Jackie arrived on Friday about lunchtime after a roundabout trip having flown to Brussels, Kigali, Nairobi and eventually Entebbe! She’s fine but trying to get accustomed to sleeping with dogs barking, cocks crowing and the local Mosque – all keeping her alert.

On Saturday we took the boys to Freedom City so they could enjoy a swim, inflatables, climbing walls, trampolines etc. Unfortunately, it rained heavily so they didn’t have a long in the water but they enjoyed their time there. The weather has changed its much cooler and we are having heavy rain showers most days – the rainy season has arrived!

Derrick and Patrick are getting ready for returning to Meeting Point on Monday afternoon and Paul is joining them on a tailoring course. It’s been good having most of them home this week only Victor, Kasita and little James are still away. Augustine and Tim have both returned to their home villages this weekend for a few days.

Love

Jane

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