I am extremely sorry for not being able to communicate for some times. We all are keeping well and our work is in progress. But the summer heat this year has affected our routine life bit unkindly.
The temperature over here now is fluctuating from 35C to 43C with moderate humidity. It might be still worse during another 45 days before the monsoon appears if we do not have any rain in between.
Our summer holiday will commence from 9th May till 1st June. But if temperature remains still high then holiday might be extended for another few days.
Electric power supply and internet access has become more unpredictable than ever before. Surface water almost drying up and the underground water level is also going down.
However, it is not at all a matter of discouragement for us, we just look forward to give a better tomorrow in the life of many brilliant children of this area.
If I would have little opportunity and authority, I could request the big international charities to focus on the facts and be more supportive directly to micro-projects serving in the vast rural areas.
I am always proud to be associated with the HATW family and fulfil it's objectives through our New Life Centre.
Our building project is in progress but going little slow because builders often taking rest due to summer heat. I am trying to send few photographs of the progress but it takes hours to attach even a single photo from here.
Regarding building work, this building will have 9 class rooms of 24ft X 16ft each in 3 floors which will meet up the need for up to senior secondary level (4-18 years). If we have more than one sections for some classes then we may have 2 shifts school hours, one for the primary session (4-10 years) and the next for high school session (11-18 years). So far this is the future plan but we never can be sure about God's plan!
I can only assure, New Life Centre will witness as a model project of HATW in long run.
We need to set up drinking water system on priority basis and I am going to work out during this summer holiday out of some money we have.
By the grace of our loving God we all are keeping well and things are going on well but may be little slow in building work due to labour problem and unfavourable weather condition.
Let us pray and thank God for all that we are able to do with hand in hand for His glory.
Please pray for us.
Some Encouraging Progress!
Paul Ochieng has done a great job with the three trainees who passed their Government Grade 3 Examinations in Carpentry. These youngsters have all opted to stay at the centre to help train the new intake whilst expanding their own practical experience, gaining confidence and improving their own skills in a sheltered environment.
It is possible for them to stay on because of the expansion of the Paluoc workshop through the addition of a second floor which has recently been completed.
They are currently planning on obtaining some power tools; this would make work easier, more interesting, bring trainees up to date, and make it easier to retain trainees. They have also recently been supplied with overalls to help protect their own clothing and make them feel smart and to aim for high standards of work. But you can tell from the photo that many have low self-esteem and are not used to having their photo taken...
Paul is also trying to set up a library area in which they will put teaching materials. There are currently very few books or training materials – but you have to start somewhere and aim high if you are going to be successful!
Having had their first successful trainees, we are hoping that the message will spread, they will find it easier to recruit in future, and the trainees will believe it possible for them to succeed, and earn an income which can help other members of their family too.
Thank you for your interest, support and encouragement.
The hard work by the teachers and students over the years has been rewarded with good results in the grade 9 examinations. 19 students passed the exams and were accepted at local secondary schools – more than half of the grade 9 students. Considering the difficulties faced by the children and the limited resources at the school, this is a remarkable achievement. Each year the results have been improving. With the help of our supporters the school is making a huge difference to these children and with your further support even greater things will be achieved.
Mrs. Sianga wants to continue to help to these children so they can complete their education and have a better chance to provide properly for themselves and their families. One former student, Mawini, achieved the top marks at the local Secondary High School and is currently applying to university where she hopes to study medicine and eventually become a doctor. We will follow her progress and back Mrs. Sianga in her quest to change the lives of these children.
The past few months have been very difficult for the families in and around Monze. The harvest last year was very poor resulting in high food prices. People have told me that there has been a lot of hunger in the area. The small lunches that the school has been able to provide have therefore taken on even more significance. In addition the garden has produced vegetables to support the children's diet. Mr Olden Hamabibi (headteacher) writes “The garden has improved the lives of the orphans”.
I will have the pleasure of visiting Monze again within two weeks and will stay in Monze until June. I will talk to the students and teachers and hope to bring more stories demonstrating how lives are being changed. I look forward to seeing the smiling faces and being entertained by the talented students. There is so much potential within these children, we must do our best to ensure that it is realised.