29th May, 2022

Dear friends,

I had not received many photos of the boys this week but had spoken to Peace, Petra and Tresor and knew that everyone was fine. The photos arrived late Saturday evening!

Thankfully I managed to speak with all of the boys at George’s Place on Saturday afternoon, it wasn’t a good connection on ‘Zoom’ but was much better on WhatsApp. Sadly Benard our warden, has had a family bereavement, his brother died following an accident and he has had to have a few days off work to go to the village, so the staff have been extra busy. I also managed to talk with Gorette, the cook, who doesn’t usually work at the weekend but must had swapped with Halima.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5 v17

I’ve been and collected lots of knitted hats this week, that I know the boys will be thrilled with and three boxes of T-shirts from Ware Joggers, also cricket bats, stumps, tennis rackets, kites, pencils, toothbrushes etc. We really appreciate all the support from our ‘friends’. As my car was full I delivered them to the shipping agents on Saturday morning.

Asaph on the carpentry course has been in touch and has been fixing the roof on one of the college classrooms, I was concerned as there didn’t seem to be any safety precautions! Godfrey returned from visiting his grandparents on Wednesday and Anton has sent me a message to say the water butt is full – they have obviously had plenty of rain in Ibanda!

Big Brian called in at Garuga to check on everyone, he has a newer boda now and although trained in plumbing has been earning money by boda driving. He arrived with the news that his girlfriend has just had a baby boy! He is managing to support them all and Tresor says he is fine – these boys are growing up quickly. When Brian first arrived with us in May 2016 he had awful sores all over his body and was in a sorry state, we give God the Glory for the way his life has been changed and pray for him and his young family.

The younger boys seem to be enjoying their new school and they told me Peanut, the dog, is missing me. They had just returned from an afternoon swimming. Little Dan said ‘I miss you Aunt Jane’, all very moving for me, he doesn’t like speaking English but has definitely improved in his understanding and conversation in the last couple of weeks. Many of the boys asked when I was coming back. Technology is amazing, in that you can see and speak so clearly on the phone, they were using my MiFi which I left there and isn’t even particularly strong.

If anyone has any good secondhand trainers, black shoes or football boots we would really appreciate these – I can collect them locally – if you can give me a call 07779298903.

Many thanks for all your kindness and support.

Love Jane x