19th June, 2022

Dear friends,

I spoke to the younger boys and staff at George’s Place on Tuesday evening. They are all fine – the rabbit has survived so far but they tell me he and Peanut my dog are friends. I suggested that they didn’t leave them on their own together! Gorette the cook was there, also Benard, Tresor and Patrick our security man – it was good to see them all but of course everyone’s question was ‘when are you coming back!’

Peace has been sick this week, she called me from the clinic on Monday evening and had a bacterial infection. Her and Ian have arranged to go to Kisenyi next Monday to see how many boys we can take in – this will probably be difficult as so many youngsters are wanting to get off the streets, life is very difficult for many people in Kampala at present and we can only take a small number. Your prayers please as they make these decisions.

‘Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so………………. And God saw that it was good.’ Genesis 1 v11-12

I have collected lots of good condition trainers donated by ‘Ware Joggers’ and will be sending these off shortly, if anyone else has any please let me know and I’ll try and collect.

I heard from Ian this week and the staff are looking at finding some land near George’s Place to start an ‘allotment’ – this will be a good project for the boys – Yusuf is particularly good at growing tomatoes, beans, sukuma wiki (like spinach). Some of the boys who have lived in rural communities already have these skills and it will be good for others to learn.

Amazingly Omoding has been voted a School Prefect, by the pupils and staff, he was really pleased about this – hopefully he will live up to everyone’s expectations!

The boys have also had a discussion at how best to be saving money, either by only having chicken occasionally not weekly or only having soda’s twice a month, it won’t save a lot of money but it’s good for them to realise how privileged they are by having good food and treats, so many in Uganda can only afford chicken at Christmas – I’ll be interested to hear their ideas. They did go swimming Saturday afternoon but to the smaller pool which is cheaper so they are obviously thinking things through.

Godfrey returned from the village after his grandmother’s funeral, it was a blessing that he had seen her a couple of week’s ago. He has been helping with the cooking as well as working back at the hotel.

Tomorrow morning I’ll be speaking at Jesus Church, during the morning service about the boys and our work. Thank you for your continued support and prayers, we couldn’t do this without you.

Love Jane x