16th October, 2022

Dear friends,

It’s Saturday afternoon and we have taken the boys swimming, they haven’t been for a few weeks and although the sun isn’t out they’re enjoying themselves. I collected Kodet, Musumba (Johnson) and Kasita from Maranatha school at 1pm and drove up to Garuga. The two new younger boys, Saidi and Denis obviously haven’t been swimming before and although Saidi is very brave, little Denis seems rather anxious, we’ve found him a ring. We have just found out that new Joseph also doesn’t know how to swim and there has been much laughter as he jumped into the deep end – he has taken it in good fun. He wants to be a boxer, and looks as if he could easily become one, he also tells us he plays the trombone! He seems to be a really nice lad.

‘Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.’ Romans 15 v7

Peace and Tresor took the four new boys to the police station this week to register them and also informed the new probation officer that they were in our care. Peace and I had a training meeting with the KCCA (Kampala Capital City Authority) all day Thursday with other NGO’s from Makindye Division.

On Monday we held a staff meeting at Garuga to share what is working well and what neeeds improving upon – mainly communication. There will be staff appraisals in November. After the meeting I stayed around for most of the afternoon and brought back ‘big’ Dennis who is staying with me for three weeks whilst he takes his S4 examinations. On Friday evening I let Dennis cook chicken and chips for himself as Christine had invited me and some of our church friends to supper. Suddenly Ian said ‘I can smell chips’ I decided to check everything was fine downstairs (our boys aren’t used to cooking on gas), Dennis was busy eating the chips by the time I arrived! He doesn’t return home from school until about 9pm each evening and leaves about 5.30am.

We have also opened the boxes from the UK, that arrived last week, all the boys have received a pair of trainers, which they are very happy about and a new tshirt.

Sadly, Omoding has lost his grandfather this week so has returned to Tororo for a few days and also Halima our weekend cook, has lost her father so isn’t at work. Sula twisted his ankle playing football and is hobbling so I brought him by car but it isn’t affecting his swimming. Early in the morning on Saturday the boys were invited to church to get to know some more of the congregation.

Everything is working well. Anton is returning to the village tomorrow.

Thank you for all your prayers and support.

With love and blessings.