Sunday 11th February, 2024

Dear friends,

Most of the boys have returned to school or vocational college now. Kasita went last Saturday. Johnson, Griffin, Joseph and Joshua went on Monday, Dennis on Wednesday – he passed his driving test on Tuesday. Omoding called me on Wednesday to say he was just going to college – he had spent a couple of days with his mum – on the way!

It is sooo…….. quiet at George’s Place! The six young boys, Dan, Saidi, Denis, Beckham, Bethel and Raymond are at day school and only Young Brian, Joseph (Yusuf), Sula, Ronald and Robert are still around.

We had hoped to send Young Brian to a Senior school in Gayaza but the fees are far too high so we are thinking to send him to Bethany High School where Dennis is in Senior 6. Senior 1 candidates have not yet started back at school.

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭18‬ ‭

Robert is returning to his grandmother’s town of Malaba, near the Kenyan border next week to look for work as he has finished his 6 weeks work experience at the hairdressing salon. Peace will check up on him in a couple of weeks. We have yet to find vocational training places for Sula and Joseph.

On Wednesday, Peace, Martin, Ronald, Jessie (driving) and I travelled to Mubende to trace Ronald’s father who has moved to a nearby village. We went to his work place as he cleans at the local hospital but he had finished work – after a phone call and a long wait he arrived back. Ronald was so pleased to see him. We then followed the father who was driving his boda back to his village and spent some time with his friends and neighbours, he only has a small room. It was agreed that Ronald’s father visit Kampala on Saturday to meet up with Ronald and take him to Katwe where an uncle has a garage to see if Ronald can start work there. Ronald is the last born, his mother died when he was a child and obviously the father had struggled to look after him. Ronald has been with us for six years and I was really happy to see him reconciled with his father.

We stayed in Mubende over night and the following day visited Asaph who is staying with his parents in the village – Asaph is looking for carpentry work near his home – he has been helping his mother with digging and planting since he arrived back at Christmas. The family were all there and he seems well settled – prayers please that he finds work. We took Asaph back into Mubende to get some photocopies of his ID and also his reports and certificate from Don Bosco, unfortunately there has not yet been a graduation ceremony but there should be one later this year.

The young boys are enjoying Little Angels School and seem happy to wake up early to leave home at 6am arriving back about 5pm. Martin has been with me all week and seems to have enjoyed his visit, he has written a letter attached.

Thank you for all your love and support.

Love Jane x

This week, Martin has written a short letter about his stay with Jane and his time at Homes of Promise.